The inspiration for the Krankcycle® and Kranking® Program was born in November of 2002 when Johnny was invited to attend a 5-hour stationary-cycling fundraiser benefiting the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation of San Diego. Lined up among the 100 able-bodied indoor-cycling enthusiasts were a dozen challenged athletes with their hand-cycles mounted on rollers. Pedal stroke for pedal stroke, these amazing athletes matched the effort level and enthusiasm as their able-bodied counterparts.
Intrigued by what he’d seen, Johnny asked a 14-year old hand cyclist with no legs, if he could ride his hand cycle. Within 10 minutes of continuous arm cranking, the experience gave way to creative inspiration. Within his consciousness, he realized the potential for this type of exercise. Coming from a cycling background, and having been exposed to the exciting application of independent crank arms, yet recognizing the need to stand and sit, he felt inspired and compelled to create a prototype that would validate his vision.
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