Ryan Boyle’s story is a triumphant one
Update: Boyle won the silver medal in his time trial and finished fourth in the road race after suffering a flat tire.
Furman University junior Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Ga.) will compete in the International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville Aug. 28-Sept. 1. He is part of the 45-member Team USA representing U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.
Boyle’s time trial will take place Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m., and his road race will be held Monday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
A qualifying event for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, the competition will bring to Greenville 350 athletes from 40 nations.
The event kicks off with an opening ceremony Aug. 27, followed by the competition on Aug. 28 which begins with the hand-cycling relay at the BMW Performance Center in Greer. The events move to the CU-ICAR Millennium Campus Aug. 29-Sept. 1 for time trials and road races.
Boyle, 20, suffered severe brain trauma at age nine when a speeding truck collided with Boyle while he was riding a Big Wheel trike at a friend’s party. Life-saving emergency surgery removed most of his cerebellum which controls balance and other body functions.
Boyle spent two months in a coma, then seven months in a rehab hospital and emerged with the ability to move only his right index finger. Doctors held out hope that he might be able to type eventually with his right hand.
Boyle and his family had other ideas. After years of grueling rehab, determination, and prayer, Boyle is now competing as an MT2 athlete for the National U.S. Para-cycling Team.