WESTLAKE -- Matthew Bockbrader is a 42-year-old amputee from Lakewood trying to earn his spot on the 2012 National Paralympic Team.
Bockbrader was a senior in high school when he lost his leg in a boating accident.
He remained fairly inactive over the next 15 years, but eventually decided it was time to get back in shape. He found his niche in competitive biking.
To increase his speed so that he could compete at a higher level, the Hanger Clinic in Westlake fit Matthew for a custom-designed prosthetic leg made specifically for biking.
The bottom of the leg clips directly into the pedal of the bike. He says he hopes it will help him ride faster.
The first stop for Bockbrader is in Augusta, Georgia, where he will compete to earn a spot in the 2012 National Paralympic Cycling Team.
If he earns a spot on the team, Matthew will then travel to Quebec in order to be classified by the International Cycling Union.
Once both of these steps are complete, he can earn his ticket to London, for a chance to represent the United States in the 2012 Paralympic Games.