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Head Over Wheels: A "Lucky Stiff" Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph

by Ken Mercurio


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The inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an "impossible" biking tour just 9 months later. On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken's bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn't die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country's most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever ride again, Ken made that 5-day/500-mile tour his recovery goal. He tells a remarkable tale of love and support from family and friends, and of spiritual growth, to return to normal in as many ways as possible despite numerous emotional setbacks. From climbing back on a bike for the first time, to walking his daughter down the aisle exactly six months after the accident, readers will share Ken's joy at reaching each milestone on his recovery journey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620064986
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/06/2014
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Ken Mercurio is a 63-yr-old father of two who continues to endurance-ride his bike despite his permanently stiff neck and near-death bike accident. He worked 31 years for Carnation and Nestlé Food Company as director of nutrition and food-product labeling, and continues to consult in these fields during retirement.

After living his entire life in the Los Angeles area, he is now enjoying a new environment in Monroe, Ohio. Ken graduated from University of California, Davis, home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, with a degree in nutrition science. His master's degree is also in nutrition, from UCLA.

"Head Over Wheels" is Ken's first book. He hopes his tale of recovery will inspire others to set goals to overcome what might seem like insurmountable hurdles in their lives.

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