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Upstate Man, Blind Since Birth, Competing In This Weekends Para-Cycling Open

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You may have seen him before, although Lance Footer can guarantee he has never seen you. That's because Footer is legally blind.

"I have 2200 vision, so what you can see at 200 feet, I have to be at 20 feet," Footer said.

Footer doesn't let his disability slow him down. In fact, he's on the fast track to becoming an elite cyclist.

On Saturday, he'll be more than 100 athletes competing in a race geared for those with disabilities.

Footer has been training for the past several months -- riding alone and on a tandem with a sighted-pilot.

"My pilot is also my coach and we're going to be competing you know against some of the best of the best," says Footer.

What makes Footer unusual in the cycling world is not that he's blind. It's that he has only been pedaling now for seven years.

He got back on two-wheels after tipping the scales at 240 pounds.

Footer says he was depressed and used his disability as an excuse.

Then after hearing professional riders, like George Hicapie whiz by his home time after time, Footer decided it was his time.

"I am not going to stop this. This is a journey that I am going to be on now for the rest of my life," said Footer.

Footer wants to prove to others that even though you can't always see what's coming at you – sometimes you just have to follow your dreams.

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