Gabby Giffords could ride in El Tour

Will former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords ride in El Tour de Tucson?

Giffords, who survived an assasination attempt and gunshot wound to her head during a 2011 constituent visit to Tucson, told USA Today that she hopes to participate in the annual event.

In a story profiling Giffords and her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, USA Today alludes to the possibility:

She loves to ride her recumbent bike, the steering stick in her good left hand, in nearby Reid Park. Stamina permitting, she hopes to join this year’s El Tour de Tucson, an annual event that draws thousands of cyclists on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

But her right leg is in a brace and she walks slowly and stiffly, with the help of a cane. She has limited use of her right arm. She struggles to speak in sentences, instead responding to questions and joining into conversations with a burst of key words. She has put aside her dream of having children.

It has not been an easy recovery. It still isn’t.

Giffords was known to ride her bike in Tucson, and even did so the night before she was shot. Bicycle Tucson profiles Giffords’ cycling past.

Clipped In has contacted Giffords’ office to confirm her participation, but her office has not yet responded to an email request.

Photo by Bicycle Tucson

Sarah Muench