This weekend cyclists from across the nation competed on Fruita's famous 18 Road trails, vying for qualifying spots to the national USA cycling competition. This was the second annual Rumble at 18 Road. One local competitor is an advocate for more than just cycling.
As John Klish slices through dirt trails, all eyes are drawn to the fierce athlete.
"He is phenomenal, a powerhouse. When he puts the pedal down, things are lighting up," said Mike Driver, one of the event organizers.
While all eyes are on Klish, his are focused on the course. And while crowds cheer, he cannot hear them.
"I'm doing it because I love the sport, don't let your deafness hold you back," said Klish.
Born deaf, Klish can't hear the crunching path beneath him, but it hasn't slowed him down.
"My dad took me out on a bike ride with our middle school class and I got hooked. So I bought myself my own Mountain bike that summer," he said.
Now he's training for the Deaflympics.
"Allows you to connect deep inside yourself and push yourself harder," said Klish.
While he's a passionate competitor, he's now striving to help others achieve greatness
"I'm trying to inspire more deaf people to participate in activities... makes me feel fulfilled when I see their eyes light up with excitement," Klish said.
He won't let deafness stand between him, his dreams and the finish line.
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