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Prosthetic leg doesn't stop one veteran from biking


Wounded soldiers have to overcome a lot when coming home, but some took on a 100K bike ride this week.

14 soldiers joined former president George W. Bush in the Warrior 100K ride at his ranch near Crawford. Around 50 other riders joined the group at mountain bike trails throughout Bush's property.

Major Kent Solheim is an active soldier for the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg and is one of the Wounded Warriors who joined the former president. Only a few years ago, he went through a dramatic experience in Iraq that changed his life.

"I was on a mission there in a city just north of Baghdad and ended up in a firefight with insurgents. I was shot four times, lost my leg," Solheim said.

"You go through an event like this and your life changes but you just have to figure it out and adapt and learn to ride the bike again."

Solheim says it actually wasn't too hard to get on the bike again.

"I guess you never forget how to ride a bike and I guess it's true even with a prosthetic leg," Solheim said.

Throughout the entire ride, Bush led the way. Riders say it was pretty tough keeping up with the former president.

"I'm riding with a guy who's got a prosthesis and thankfully he held back," Bush said.

Colonel Miguel Howe served in Afghanistan with Solheim and says it's great to see him out there mentoring his fellow warriors.

"You just can't help to feel inspired seeing these guys out here but to see them out there on the trail and on those hills and negotiating those obstacles it's awe-inspiring," Howe said. 

"It's good to do this on a memorial day weekend so all the guys here will have an opportunity to get together after the ride and talk and remember," Solheim said.

Following Solheim's injury he's competed in several sprint and distance triathlons. He's even qualified for the paratriathlete world championships.

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