Area cyclist to take national stage at U.S. Special Olympics

Area cyclist to take national stage at U.S. Special Olympics
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POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:14pm

KILGORE — Mike Steed’s journey has taken him from a diagnosis of cerebral palsy at age 2 and difficulty walking to competitive cycling.

And now, Steed has reached one of the pinnacles of his sport. He has been selected to compete in the U.S. Special Olympics National Games set for June in New Jersey.

Trainer Mark DePaepe said Steed is one of only four Special Olympic cyclists in Texas who will be going to New Jersey for the games.

“I was shocked,” Steed said. “I didn’t think I’d get to go to something like this. I’ve just got to keep riding and get in shape for the competition.”

As a cart pusher at Walmart, Steed, 42, said he is constantly exercising.

He has become a dynamo on the bicycle, often riding 20 miles at a time with ease.

“He could ride to Dallas if he wanted to,” DePaepe said.

Steed’s father, Johnnie, said there was a time his son couldn’t even walk after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler.

“He’s come a long way,” Johnnie Steed said. “When he was small, he couldn’t peddle a bike, so we started him out on a tricycle which we fastened his feet to where he could regulate his movements.”
 

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