Former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords finishes 40-mile bike tour

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Posted: Nov 21, 2015 7:42 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has completed a 40-mile charity bike tour in Tucson, Arizona, less than five years after she was gravely injured in a mass shooting.

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.