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At 31, Tricia Downing was in the best shape of her life. In the summer of 2000, Tricia, an avid cyclist, drove across the country for what amounted to 18 races in 23 days. She returned from her adventure to a fresh start: a new job awaited her, and determined to make the next summer the year she would make her mark on the world of cycling, she began a rigorous training strategy. 

But on September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing's life took a detour. While training on her bicycle one sunny Colorado afternoon, Tricia collided with a car that turned directly in her path, and instantly became paralyzed from the chest down. 

As a competitive road and track cyclist and lifelong athlete, losing the use of her legs is devastating on all accounts. As she re-learns to do everything from sitting straight up to navigating through her house in a wheelchair to returning to work and operating a handcycle, her grueling recovery takes her to the very core of her athletic mettle. This inner strength helps her to not only learn to live life as a paraplegic - a label that takes time to grow accustomed to - but to have the courage to return to the competitive sport she loves and almost lost. Determined to live life on her terms, Tricia turns her misfortune into opportunity, and is now a wheelchair racer, competing regularly in triathlons around the globe. Cycle of Hope chronicles Tricia's journey from the first terrifying moments of impact with the car through rehab and her emergence as a world-class athlete.

©2010, 2017 Tricia Downing (P)2018 Tricia Downing

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HOPE

Tricia's story was an amazing story of courage that she never gave up and had to endure. There are others that have equally amazing stories to tell, so I hope that more people have the opportunity to have their story told.

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Cycle of Life

It has happened to all of us who cycle: We are riding in an event or just out for a ride by ourselves and we wonder “is that car going to stop?” or “that SUV really isn’t going to turn, is it?”. For all of us, then, this book becomes our worst nightmare.

Tricia Downing was a competitive cyclist. Was. Then that nightmare became her reality in the blink of an eye. This is the story of how she literally clawed her way back into competitive sports and became a champion all over again.

If you have ever ridden in a cycling event or run a marathon or competed in a triathlon you’ve seen them those fellow competitors who don’t have the use of their legs. You will gain a whole new perspective of them after you listen to this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Exactly as title describes

This true story of Tricia’s life takes you along with her through the accident, the diagnosis, the hospitals, her surgeries, therapy, and recovery, her emotions, her challenges, and her relationships. She is very honest in telling the story of her tragedy, even revealing her negative emotions and lack of hope for her future. She gives a glimpse of the everyday difficulties of being paralyzed.

As she chronicles her journey out of depression and into her new reality, the reader begins to see the spunky competitive Tricia come alive again as she meets challenges head on, forges new paths, and sets almost impossible goals.

I recommend this book to any racer, cyclist, or person looking for inspiration and hope in difficult circumstances.

As a aide note, I understand why she and her friend Matt needed to write the letters to the woman who caused the accident. I’m sure it was therapeutic to write those things to her and to get the anger and hate off their chests. But I would have liked to have read that they also were able to then forgive the woman and embrace the ultimate hope that Christ brings to our lives through His love and forgiveness.

The narrator did a great job on the audiobook, although she sounded too young to be believable as the author of the book.