Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports’ motto is "Sports for Every Body." From road bikes, to recumbent, to racing, there are lots of ways to get involved in the world of cycling — and you don’t have to have a certain body type or set of abilities.
No one knows that better than Jeff Alexander of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, whose motto is "Sports for Every Body."
Alexander is based in Killington, and he helps organize individual and group outings all over the state for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Among them is Shannon Franks, who is an earth scientist for NASA by day and an adaptive cyclist.
Vermont Edition host Mikaela Lefrak spoke with Jeff Alexander and Shannon Franks. A portion of their conversation is below, and it’s been edited and condensed for clarity.
Mikaela Lefrak: Jeff, first tell us a little bit more about Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports . What does it do?
Jeff Alexander: Well, we’ve been around for 36 years providing recreational opportunities for those with disabilities in the state of Vermont, and we’re statewide — we operate the entire length of the state.
In the wintertime, we’re at about seven different ski resorts. And in summertime we’re at Burlington Waterfront and at a few of those ski resorts. But we have traveling fleets, and so we go to locations to meet folks to recreate — four traveling paddling fleets, four traveling bike fleets. And we’ve got an absolute ton of equipment that can serve […]