Ever tried to have a conversation with someone when you're riding
your bike? Try riding your bike in a business suit on a stage while you
talk to a room full of people.
Since Michael took up competitive cycling, there's one question that always
seems to come up: "How do you ride a bike with one leg?"
"Of course I explain it and of course people understand but there's nothing
quite as effective as showing the audience exactly how it works," said
Now he takes his road bike and a set of rollers, which he describes as a
"treadmill for a bike", to most presentations.
"It's not easy to get on and off the rollers and I often get the wobbles,
especially when I first get on and am building up some momentum. There are
usually a few gasps from the audience but I haven't fallen off yet...touch
"It's also taken some practice to talk while I'm riding and to make sure I
can be heard and understood.
"I believe people respond to it because it's a very real and practical
demonstration of one of the things I do plus it emphasises a key message:
sometimes things that appear difficult or even impossible are often far
simpler and easier than we expect.
"I'm not sure why people think riding a bike with one leg is hard. It's
pretty simple..but that's the point. I like to think it not only challenges
the audience's perceptions of my abilities but also their own and those
"Now I just have to work out how to demonstrate skiing at over 200km per
hour. If they gasp when I wobble on my bike, they'll faint when they see me
speed skiing," said Michael with a big grin.
Photo: Michael often rides his bike on stage during his