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The Independence Fund--MOVING OUR NATION'S WOUNDED HEROES TOWARDS GREATER INDEPENDENCE!
The Independence Fund believes that for the complete physical and emotional healing of our wounded heroes to occur it will take the unified effort of government, private and corporate entities all working together towards a common purpose that is bigger than ourselves.
he Independence Fund’s mission is to support our injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms that they have fought so hard to preserve!

Chester Triplett

Army Veteran and stoker for R5-PARA Racing

The Tandem Driver Corps

The R5-PARA RacingTrack and Road Cycling teammates who I have worked with over the seasons

The Independence Fund

The Independence fund

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Thank you to the Independence Fund

R5-PARA Racing

Carbon Calfee Road Tandem

R5-PARA Racing and Streamline Agency

R5-PARA Racing

A training ride with The Agency Man

R5-PARA Racing and Streamline Agency Training Ride

R5-PARA Racing

Training ride with LP at Lake Norman Brawley school road
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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.
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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.
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Why does Chester Triplett, the tandem stoker, race on a tandem bicycle?

Chester has a visual impairment due to the vision loss caused by Stargardt's Disease and as a result, can not race a standard bicycle.
The tandem driver (or Pilot) is a fully-sighted athlete.
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What is Para-Cycling, the Paralympic Cycling division and the Paralympics

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

Para-cycling is part of the Paralympic program governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). U.S. Paralympics manages the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team and works closely with USA Cycling and community partners to provide recreational and competition opportunities for Para-cyclists in the United States.

he Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of, including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

2017 R5-PARA RACING PLEDGE DRIVE

$50.00 Raised / $20,000.00 Goal

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

Friday

Apr 7th
2017

The 2017 Tour of the Raptor

Fri 4/7 - Sun 4/9
noon - 1 p.m.
3 Day Stage Event

Saturday

Jun 17th
2017

The 2017 Para-Cycling Time-Trial (UCI Road Worlds Selection)

9 a.m. - noon
2017 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championship selection event