Gabby Giffords: Former US Rep. finishes 40-mile ride

Gabby Giffords: Former US Rep. finishes 40-mile ride

Gabrielle Giffords, rebounding from shooting, does 40-mile bike ride.

Gabrielle Giffords finished the race Saturday afternoon in just over four hours.

She is still recovering, and the right side of her body is mostly paralyzed. But the former congresswoman from Arizona trained for the last year to take on the longer route at Saturday’s El Tour de Tucson.

She rode the 11-mile portion last year and decided shortly after that she wanted to take on more.

Giffords was wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting at a political event outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people were killed.

The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was sentenced to life in prison.

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