Why we started WrestlingMS
Les Gatrel’s Story – Our Inspiration
Like many MS patients, when Les Gatrel was diagnosed with MS he saw a future of disability, loss of financial security, and life turned upside down.
That’s when his college fraternity brothers and wrestling teammates challenged Les to take up cycling as a way to fight MS. Struggling with a loss of balance, muscle control and strength he couldn’t ride 100 feet when he started. But through their encouragement and support and his dedicated training over the last few years Les has made tremendous strides in regaining his health. From his first 12 mile ride on a tandem bike to riding 470 miles across Iowa in 7 days, he’s become an avid cyclist and ambassador of cycling covering over 4000 miles in the last 3 years!
Inspired by what others have done to help him, and how this cycling program “saved my life”, Les started Les Wrestles MS and the WrestlingMS cycling program with the goal of helping other MS patients like him. Les has brought the same work ethic and commitment to his new passion as he did to wrestling and business.
Today Les devotes his time to helping other MS patients find hope, strength and freedom by wrestling MS through cycling.