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Fellow racers show support for Utah teen with eye condition

Fellow racers show support for Utah teen with eye condition

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Even though Preston Page has competed in several mountain bike races this year, Friday night felt different. It was the Utah…

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ST. GEORGE, Utah — Even though Preston Page has competed in several mountain bike races this year, Friday night felt different.

It was the Utah High School Cycling League State Championships in St. George, and he admitted he felt a little nervous and wanted to do well, not only for himself, but for the Viewmont High School Mountain Bike Team.

“I hope I can do my best here and enjoy the time I have,” Page said before the race.

Time is what’s really on his mind, not so much how long it takes for him to complete this course, but the time he has left to be able to see any course.

“With my eyes, I can barely see two or three feet in front of me,” he said. “It’s degenerative, so it gets worse as I get older.” (Utah High School Cycling League) Page has a condition called Cone-rod dystrophy. There is no cure, and his case is pretty bad now.

“I can’t see any shapes past about 10 or 15 feet,” he said. “Everything is really blurry.”

That’s where Jeff Hirschi comes in. He is Page’s guide-rider. Using a 2-way radio, Hirschi talks to Page during competitions, riding in front, letting him know where to go.“I’m kind of his eyes and ears out there. Making sure he knows what’s coming before he gets there,” Hirschi said. Preston Page is a bike in the @UtahHSMTB state championships in St. George. He works with a guide-rider because an eye condition won’t let him see more […]

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