Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Roger | Jeffrey Roger and his son Julian, 10, stand together at the finish line of the 2018 Seattle to Portland bicycle ride.

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Roger | Jeffrey Roger and his son Julian, 10, stand together at the finish line of the 2018 Seattle to Portland bicycle ride.

Deaf, 10-year-old cyclist rides Seattle to Portland

Bainbridge Island’s Julian Roger, 10, completed his seventh century ride (100 miles or more) Sunday, July 15, when he, accompanied by his father Jeffrey, cruised across the finish line of the 2018 Seattle to Portland — a 200-mile odyssey.

It was the deaf cyclist’s first time back on the bike for a large group ride since he was struck down in a hit-and-run earlier this year. He suffered a broken wrist, but lost none of his desire to ride.

“It was an amazing weekend for us,” Jeffrey Roger said. “[Julian] was a bit apprehensive after the hit-and-run, but after 25 miles or so he found his comfort level. He knocked of the first 100 miles as if taking a stroll to Town & Country.”

Heat and hydration were key concerns during STP this year, with temperatures creeping past the 100-degree mark.

“The next day heat was a factor for many, but Julian was prepared and drank every five minutes, ate every 15 minutes and cruised through 113-degree heat to complete the ride without any glitches,” Roger said. “It was remarkable to be with him as he triumphantly shook his fist in the air when the odometer hit 200 miles and he had completed his seventh century ride.”

It was the fourth STP in which Julian has participated in as many years.

“The finish line was unbelievable,” Roger said. “His fourth STP, four years in a row, and nothing but smiles and exuberance.”

The soon-to-be fifth-grader at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School first became interested in biking at almost exactly the same time he began losing his hearing. He was 3 years old, and went from hearing aids to a cochlear implant in less than a year.

Today, he is reportedly Cascade Bicycle Club’s youngest rider with the most miles logged.

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