George Hincapie Racing to Excellence Award

Posted On October 04, 2011 / Member Portraits

By: tvandiver

Matt Updike doesn’t let bad circumstances get in his way. In 1997 a car accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying the sports he loves: cycling and skiing. Matt is now a top professional handcyclist representing the United States in the international racing circuit. He competed in the 2008 Paralympics and is the current National Time Trial, Road and Criterium Champion.

In honor of Matt’s commitment and dedication to handcycling, George Hincapie honored him with the “George Hincapie Racing to Excellence Award.” Matt will receive a sponsorship valued at $30,000 ($10,000 annually) from George and an apparel sponsorship from Hincapie Sportswear.

Matt is a true inspiration for overcoming adversity. We are proud of what he has accomplished and look forward to watching him compete in the London Paralympics in 2012.

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