Stolen bike doesn’t stop cyclist’s charity


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Hector Picard is a double-arm amputee who has not let his disability stop him from competing in more than 73 triathlons in the past four years, including the rugged Ironman Triathlon.

This June, he is planning to take a 3,200-mile trip across the country to Spokane, Wash., to raise money for a little boy with no arms.

Despite every obstacle, he keeps on moving, but this past week someone stole his customized competition bike and now he has to deal with that, too.

A Seven Axiom titanium road bike was specially made for Picard, 46, who will now have to try to finish his next competition on his old bike, which is harder for him and requires repairs.

“It’s only fitted, it’s modified for me. You can’t sell it. You can’t ride it. You can’t do anything with it,” Picard told “So by stealing it, they are doing a lot more damage than they really know.”

The $12,000 bike was stolen out of his car in front of his Fort Lauderdale home, but he won’t let this incident stop him from achieving his goal of bringing prosthetic arms to 1-year-old Jameson Davis of Spokane.

Picard used his old bike this past weekend in the Rocketman Florida Triathlon at the Kennedy Space Center and finished — but it could be dangerous on an extended trip.

“I had to drill holes in the frame of my old bike so that it could be fitted for me, but I worry about the frame being structurally sound,” Picard told The Miami Herald. “It is fine to race, but [not] when I am going through the Rockies at about 40-50 mph! I am not going to let this stop me. I did my first couple triathlons on a Huffy, and if I have to ride on one again to bring him his arms I will do it.”

Picard lost his arms after being electrocuted during a work-related accident in 1992. After getting a divorce, he turned to competing in triathlons.

Since then he has taken his passion and transformed a tragedy into an inspiration.

For more information about Picard’s ride, visit


•  Todd Armbruster, 42, of Coconut Creek, overtook the field in a 0.5-mile swim, 20-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run with a time of 1 hour 39 minutes 11 seconds in the Tri-Miami International Triathlon on Sunday on Virginia Key.

Alejandro Ponce was second in 1:45:34 and Paul Wills (1:50:40) was third.

Leading the female division was Jessica Anderson, 24, of Miami, in 1:55:10. Nearly three minutes faster than runner-up Diane Calloway, 47, of Coral Springs and Gerin Reyes (2:00:08) in third.

•  John Reback made another first-place finish in the second annual Turtle Trot 5K run in Jupiter.

Reback, 43, of Jupiter, finished with a time 17:24 and finished 10 seconds faster than Scott Colton, 49, of Rivera Beach.

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