This is just the beginning… The beginning of Josie the Paralympian. The beginning of evolving the bicycle industry to include all bodies. The beginning of a new cycling discipline without boundaries and limits: gravel.
Before the making of ‘Go Josie’, self-proclaimed mad scientist Josie Fouts was ‘normal’: she worked a 9 to 5 job that was underpaid, she prioritized finishing her work over social events, and she commuted by bike 28 miles in a day. She did it all with only one hand.
Even after quitting her dream job to train full-time as a cyclist, she still considered herself ‘normal’ entering able-bodied stage races, crits, circuits, and training without adaptations: staying in the big chainring or riding 1x, only using the front brake, and no prosthetics.
This short film highlights a pivotal point not only of Josie’s cycling journey, but how the bicycle is helping her understand herself on a deeper level.
When Josie sees what other paracyclists -- Katie Walker and Leo Rodgers -- can do with customized prosthetics and custom bikes to fit their unique bodies, it empowers her to accept her true physical form too: she’s anything but normal.