What is R5-PARA Racing?

R5-PARa Racing is an elite level Para-Cycling tandem race team.

The team is built around, Chester Triplett, the "Stoker" a visually-impaired Army Veteran and the "Driver" the fully-sighted teammate who sits in front on the tandem bicycle and is responsible for all braking, shifting and steering.

R5-PARa competes in the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Division and has represented Team USA in three UCI Para-track Cycling World Championships.

The race team also competes in many local, regional and National level competitions as well as international level competitions.

Who is R5-PARA Racing?

R5-PARa Racing is Chester Triplett, a 37 year old visually-impaired Army Veteran and the Tandem Driver Core . Chester is the "stoker", the rider in rear of tandem and the "driver" is the rider in front of tandem bicycle. The driver is also known as "pilot".

It is not uncommon for a bVI (Blind or visually-Impaired) stoker to train and race with multiple Drivers throughout each season.

What are the R5-PARA Rules of racing?

Rule#1 Never quit. There can be no victory, if you quit.

Rule#2 Focus on the Journey. Not Results. Even on your best day, your competitor may have a better day.

Rule#3 Fight and adapt. When life finds a way to knock you down, find a way to fight back and adapt to your new circumstances.

Rule#4 Recovery is not an option. Take a nap. Training and racing punishes the body. so if you want to get faster you have to rest, eat right and take care of your body and mind.

Rule#5 It takes a village. Build a strong support structure of friends, family, and sponsors who believe in your mission. No matter how self-driven you are, you can't achieve mission success, on your own.

What is the meaning of PARA?

PARA means side-by-side or standing along side our fellow able-bodied competitors as we all pursue the highest level of performance and the privilege to represent Team USA on the national and international stage.

The R5-PARA mission also includes, defeating eye disease and vision loss through training and racing the tandem bicycle. To achieve the highest possible level of wellness despite eye disease and disability and triumph in the face of adversity.

To serve as a symbol of resilience through proper nutrition, training and the teamwork required, getting the tandem form the start line to the finish line.

How can I help R5-PARA?

For the moment, the most straight forward way to help is through a tax-deductible donation. Cycling is an expensive sport, mainly because of the travel to events. All of the support you can manage helps. We are working on our program with some creative ways to contribute, however for now the kind folks at USABA are managing our donations. DONATE WITH A TAX DEDUCTION

The Journey

United States Army: Field Artillery


United States Army: Field Artillery

Stargardts Disease


Stargardts Disease

Psychology Degree from Kent State University


Psychology Degree from Kent State University

U.S. Paralympic Cycling Career Begins


U.S. Paralympic Cycling Career Begins

UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships


UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships

R5-PARA Racing Is Founded


R5-PARA Racing Is Founded

UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championship 


UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championship

Chester Triplett

Tandem Stoker

Chester Triplett is the stoker for R5-PARA Racing. He is a 37 year old Army Veteran who was diagnosed with Stargardts Disease while serving in the Army on active duty in Field Artillery.
Stargardt disease is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. The progressive vision loss associated with Stargardt disease is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells in the central portion of the retina called the macula.
The retina is the delicate light-sensing tissue lining the back inside wall of the eye. Photoreceptor cells in the retina provide vision by conveying information from the visual field to the brain. The macula is responsible for sharp central vision — for tasks like reading, watching television, and looking at faces.
Decreased central vision is a hallmark of Stargardt disease. Side vision is usually preserved. Stargardt disease typically develops during childhood and adolescence. Also involved in Stargardt disease is a region beneath the macula called the retinal pigment epithelium.
How quickly does vision fade?
The progression of symptoms in Stargardt disease is variable. Visual acuity (the ability to distinguish details and shape) may decrease slowly at first, accelerate, and then level off.

Chester was honorably discharged from the Army in2001 and became a first generation college student in 2002. Despite a visual impairment, Chester developed new learning skills, adapted to the classroom, and graduated from Kent State University with his Psychology degree in 2008. soon after graduation, while attending the Veteran Administration’s blind rehabilitation program in Birmingham, Al., Chester discovered the Paralympic Cycling division. It was this discovery that made it possible to build the training and racing model that exists today which is the foundation upon which Stargardts Disease is defeated.

The Tandem Driver Corps

Tandem Driver (pilot)

The Tandem Driver Corps consists of the incredibly selfless men and women who climb aboard the tandem bicycle to train and/or race with blind and visually-impaired athletes. since 2010, I have personally had the privilege to train and race with some amazing teammates as we work together to accomplish the R5-PARA Racing mission.

What is Para-Cycling

PRN( PARA-Racing Network) Jan 08/17

Para Racing Network (Dec08)

Rest and Recovery

As an athlete with a disability, my passion and unyielding drive to defeat Stargardt Disease, early in my Paralympic Cycling Career, often led to overtraining. I wanted to beat this monster and excessive training was the outcome.  Today, however, I highly value proper rest and recovery .


Joe Friel

( 1996 ) ISBN: 9781934030202

If you have never read any of Joe Friel's analysis on cycling and endurance performance, you really should take the time. It is a very wise investment. Mr. Friel is really the authority when it comes to high performance training, however most recently I've become inspired by all of his writings on rest and recovery. I highly recommend reading his book, The Cyclist's Training Bible (links below), or check out his blog to start assessing what exactly is "a stressful workout" and how to provide your body with the adequate time to recover. I think you'll be surprised by how much "over-training" that you might be doing. I was...

Training and Racing with a Power Meter

Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan Ph.D.

( 2010 ) ISBN: 978-1-934030

Hunter Allen and Andy Coggan, PhD have completely revised the book that made power meters understandable for amateur and professional cyclists and triathletes.

Power meters have become essential tools for competitive cyclists and triathletes. No training tool can unlock as much speed and endurance as a power meter--for those who understand how to interpret their data. A power meter displays and records exactly how much energy a cyclist expends, which lends unprecedented insight into that rider's abilities and fitness. With the proper baseline data, a cyclist can use a power meter to determine race strategy, pacing, and tactics

Challenged Athletes Foundation

Grants for disabled military Veterans, made possible through Operation Rebound, a CAF program


The United States Association of Blind Athletes

Podium Multisport NC

Triathlon Speedshop

The Independence Fund

Non-Profit Organization

Velo\Vets Tucson

Velo\Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Cyclists, volunteers and supporters enriching the lives of Veterans in our community by sharing the physical and mental benefits of cycling and camaraderie.

Radial Sports USA

U.S. Distributor for FFWD Wheels

KCNC International

Bicycle parts and components

What is Para-cycling

R5-PARA Racing

Para-cycling has been officially administered by the UCI since an agreement to transfer governance of the discipline from the International Paralympic Committee was signed on 7 February 2007. This discipline is divided into road and track races for a total of seven events.

• Road race (men and women)
• Individual time trial (men and women)
• Handcycling team relay (men and women, mixed event)

• Tandem sprint (men and women)
• Team sprint (men and women, mixed event)
• 500 m time trial (men and women) or kilometre time trial (men and women)
• Individual pursuit (men and women)
• Scratch race (men and women)

The UCI defines functional categories for men and women of all ages. Riders are allocated to the appropriate category depending on their functional capacity.

The competitions comprise four groups of handicaps (blind and visually impaired riders, people with cerebral palsy, locomotor disabilities and handcycling) and a total of 14 functional categories for men and women in all the age categories defined by the UCI. Riders are placed in the appropriate category in the light of their functional capacity.

The main events are the World’s Championships (since 1994), the Paralympic Games and the World Cup (since 2010).

Operation Mission Vision


Chester Triplett and Pete Billington at the UCI ParaCycling Track World Championships in Carson, CA 9-12 February 2012


$50.00 Raised / $20,000.00 Goal

Fighting vision loss, from the start line to the finish line.

Laurent Painchaud

"I had the privilege of test piloting the R5-Para Racing tandem a few weeks ago and it was an amazing experience. Chester is one of the most patient and humble professionals that I have encountered and he made it very easy for me to learn and understand the subtleties of the sport of Para-Cycling. I am honored to be part of the R5-Para Racing cause via the conceptions of this website and I am extremely proud of how quickly and adeptly Chester has used it to share his knowledge and resources with the BVI community. I look forward to applauding R5-Para Racing's successes now, through Tokyo 2020 and beyond."


Jan 28th

U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Open

Sat 1/28 - Sun 1/29
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
U.S. Paralympics Cycling will host the 2017 Track Cycling Open presented by Toyota at the Velo Sports Center in Carson, Ca


Mar 2nd

2017 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships

Thu 3/2 - Sun 3/5
8 a.m. - noon
The 2017 UCI (International Cycling Union) Para-Cycling Track World Championships will take place this season in Carson, CA at the VELO sports Center.


May 4th

2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships

Thu 5/4 - Sun 5/7
8 a.m. - noon
2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships

Cycling Speed Skinsuit


Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey


Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Bibs


Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Wind Jacket


Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform