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For Northeast Passage Cyclists, No Hill Is Too High

Sep 12, 2011

From: UNH Today, Published September 12, 2011

Three Notch Century raises money, awareness

Even if you’re struggling to ride a bicycle over one of the highest mountain passes in New Hampshire, it’s impossible to moan and groan about it when an athlete like Marlon Shepard passes you smiling, offering encouragement—and making it all look so easy.

Shepard, who lost the use of his legs in a fall, uses a hand-cranked bicycle to conquer miles and mountainous roads at a pace that would put most able-bodied cyclists to shame.

“Why do I do this? It’s fun!” says Shepard, having just crossed the top of Pinkham Notch, which, at 2,000 feet above sea level, is one of the highest public roads in New Hampshire.

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