Jorge Avalos joined the Army in 1992. During his deployment to Iraq in 2007, an IED hit Avalos’ vehicle and he was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). In 2011, Avalos was participating in a skydiving demonstration and his canopy collapsed as he was getting ready to land and he crashed to the ground at 45 mph. The impact crushed his left foot, caused a partial amputation to his left leg, broke his back and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He also suffered another impact to the head which exacerbated his existing TBI. During his recovery, Avalos picked up cycling as a part of his rehabilitation.
In 2012, while riding his bike to train for the Warrior Games, Avalos was run over by a truck. He was severely injured with skin abrasions on both legs, hands and face, fractured tibia and fibula of the left leg, ankle broken in six pieces, four broken ribs, compression fracture of three thoracic vertebrae, and separation of the ureter from the left kidney, and eventually lost his kidney 10 months later. Two months later, he was back on his bike.
After 23 years of service, Avalos was medically retired from the Army in February 2015. He remains an avid bike enthusiast. He's since competed nationally and internationally for road and track cycling. He’s a three-time Texas state time trial champion and has won multiple able bodied and paracycling races.
In 2016 Avalos joined Team 43 where he had the opportunity to ride mountain bikes with President George W. Bush and fellow Team 43 warriors. Avalos also pilots tandem bicycles for blind and visually impaired cyclist that wish to compete in the Warrior Games and other paracycling events.
Since retirement, Avalos attended the United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Portland, OR to get certifications in all their bicycle technician courses and all of their bicycle frame building courses. Avalos is currently working on building his business as a custom steel and titanium bicycle builder. He is slowly gathering all his equipment so he can operate his business debt free. The plan for his business includes building upright bicycles and hand cycles. Eventually, Avalos plans to give back to veterans through his business.