HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– The cycling community has come together to help an ALS warrior be able to participate in his third Death Ride Tour since being diagnosed.

It’s made possible because of a special bicycle built for two.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

Originally designed and built by Zach Yendra to carry kegs for a Fort Collins brewery, cyclist Barry Sopinsky thought this bike just might allow Mike Cimbura to ride again.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

Zach knew some modifications would need to be made.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

“Trying to design something around an organic object, especially an organic object that can’t move was a big challenge for me.”

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Mike Cimbura (credit: CBS)

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The bike wouldn’t just be for a ride around town, it would be used to carry Mike and everything that keeps him alive for a long trip.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

The trip consists of 235 miles through the San Juan Mountains for the Death Ride Tour, a charity bike event that raises money and awareness for ALS.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

“It’s not for the faint of heart doing a ride like that at all,” said Zach.

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Zach Yendra (credit: CBS)

Slowly communicating with Mike through a series of facial cues, Zach measured, designed, and built the bike.

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Mike didn’t want to just get through the ride, he wanted to really experience it.

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“If you’ve lived your life to go fast like I have and like Mike did for years, you live for that feeling where you are just on the verge of being out of control.”

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Mike’s wife Nicole was understandably nervous, but wanted this for Mike.

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Mike’s wife Nicole (credit: CBS)

“It’s his way to continue to live, continue to do what he loves to do, but at the same time, help spread awareness about this disease and I think that together is just a beautiful combination.”

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

The bike they refer to as the “Bootlegger” will sport a few new changes for their third ride, but Zach will still be the one pedaling.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

“I’ve never had an opportunity nor sought an opportunity to do something like this before and it’s like a drug, one you do it, you want to keep doing it, it’s amazing.”

This year’s Death Ride Tour is the second weekend in June. There are still openings for those who want to participate.

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(credit: Zach Yendra)

If you can’t make the ride, but still want to help, you can contribute to Mike and Zach’s GoFundMe page.

LINK: DEATH RIDE TOUR

GoFundMe/MikeCimbura

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  1. My father had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) for 3 years His first symptoms were weakness in his hands and losing his balance which led to stumbling and falling. He never lost the ability to swallow or breathe. His one hand, then his legs, were affected first; then his arms. The Rilutek (riluzole) did very little to help him. The medical team did even less. His decline was rapid and devastating. The psychological support from the medical centre was non-existent and if it were not for the sensitive care and attention of his primary physician, he would have died . There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. So this year his primary physician suggested we started him on Natural Herbal Gardens ALS Herbal mixture which eased his anxiety a bit,We ordered their ALS herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report this ALS herbal treatment reversed my dad condition. His quality of life has greatly improved and every one of his symptoms including difficulty in walking and slurred speech are gone. Their official web site is naturalherbalgardens. c o m He will be 74 soon and can now go about his daily activities

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