Greg Soden lives and breathes long endurance efforts, taking part in cycling, running and swimming throughout his life. Greg also dealt with more than a decade of back pain.
What impact can a bike make? To the children from impoverished backgrounds who have received a bicycle from the 88Bikes Foundation, the answer is it can be life changing.
Sarah Emerson used her running ability to help kids and their families cope with cancer. Just two years later, a routine checkup that she nearly skipped showed she had breast cancer. But she keeps GOing strong.
If you walk up to most people and call them “insane,” you can expect to get an earful in return, or maybe even a fat lip. But if you ask Rick Kligman, “Are you Insane?” he’ll likely smile and nod. He not only acknowledges his nickname, “Insane Diego,” he coined it for himself.
You might say ElliptiGO bikes have made quite an impression on Francois Lamothe. So much so that he has taken to working them into his “cover” versions of famous paintings. He has turned his love of painting ElliptiGO art into a way to donate to another ElliptiGO rider's charity cause.
Tera Moody, a former World Marathon Championships competitor, has always been a fierce competitor. In her first distance event riding an ElliptiGO bike, she endured strong winds and a steady cold rain to achieve her goal of riding 150 miles. That only whet her appetite to go for a bigger challenge: the 24-hour mileage mark. But could she do it in a late winter ride, after training only indoors for three months?
Lyn Huston used to refer to herself as "fat granny on the GO." No more. After trying running and walking, but suffering from knee pain, she discovered the comfort an ElliptiGO bike brings. She has since lost 42 pounds and started a "GO streak" that is approaching 100 consecutive days of riding.
Sonja Romijn understands that fitness comes from choices, not from turn-of-the-year whims. She went through an extended period of making poor choices, and they began to weigh on her. Literally. Two years ago, she weighed 140 kg (309 lbs) and was pondering gastric bypass surgery. Learn how she "chose healthy" and has lost 45 kg – nearly 100 pounds.
David Grigg ran competitively in high school and college, then continued through his 30s. After decades of 50-65 mile weeks, the pounding took a toll. He rode mountain and road bikes, but he missed running, and treadmills and stationary bikes were too boring. Then he discovered an ElliptiGO Arc.
In the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya, people are poor. Many children can’t even attend school. That is where people like ElliptiGO rider Jim Hansen come in. Hansen, a fifth grade teacher in New Hampshire, has made several trips to Kenya to help the teachers and schools, and he sponsors students through fundraising.