Athletes tackle the Klondike Bluffs Trail on specialized hand-propelled bikes designed for disabled riders. (Courtesy photo/ TASP)

Nine physically disabled mountain bikers will be using specialized bicycled propelled by hand on Moab area trails this weekend.

Beginning Friday and continuing to next Wednesday, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) will host its Third Annual Moab Mania Off-road Hand Cycle Camp. This year’s camp will host both disabled veteran and civilian riders.

TASP is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic recreation opportunities to individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities focused on fostering growth and independence. TASP is proud to be the first recreation outfitter to facilitate a camp of this nature for disabled riders.

Campers will have three days of mountain biking on Moab area trails like Klondike Bluffs, Moab Brand Trails, Monitor and Merrimac and the Slickrock Practice Loop. They will have one day of rest to enjoy a Westwater Canyon river trip with SPLORE.

“It’s truly an honor to work with these guys and show them some of the classic Moab mountain biking. In a platform where both able bodied and disabled riders can enjoy the same public and challenging trails, that is the true mission of our program and this specific camp,” said TASP Program Director Tim McGough.

Anyone interested in riding with these athletes are encouraged to contact TASP for daily route selections at 970-728-5010. On the day TASP is riding a specific trail, there will be a sign posted on the trailhead sign.

Riders encountering TASP campers are asked to recognize the width of the specialized bikes and to wait for an appropriate place to pass on the trail. Words of encouragement are always appreciated.