Thursday May 4th - Sunday May 7th

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R5-PARA Racing with teammate Stephen Pedone-AZ will travel to Grand Junction, CO in the 2017 season to compete for a National title in the Road time-trial and Road race. Para-cycling Road National Championships will take place in conjunction with Collegiate Road National Championships.

2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships (Racing Schedule)

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R5-PARA Racing is listed as Men BVI (blind or visually-impaired) Event: Road Time -trial and Road Race Para-Cycling Road National Championships will take place this season in Grand Junction,, CO in conjunction with Collegiate Road National championships.

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

Stephen Pedone

2017 R5-PARA Racing Teammate

What is Para-Cycling

April 12, 2017

UCI Para-Cycling Classification
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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.
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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.
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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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What is Stargardt's disease?

Stargardt disease is an inherited disorder of the retina – the tissue at the back of the eye that senses light. The disease typically causes vision loss during childhood or adolescence, although in some forms, vision loss may not be noticed until later in adulthood. It is rare for people with the disease to become completely blind. For most people, vision loss progresses slowly over time to 20/200 or worse. (Normal vision is 20/20).

Stargardt disease is also called Stargardt macular dystrophy, juvenile macular degeneration, or fundus flavimaculatus. The disease causes progressive damage—or degeneration—of the macula, which is a small area in the center of the retina that is responsible for sharp, straight-ahead vision. Stargardt disease is one of several genetic disorders that cause macular degeneration. Experts estimate that 1 in 8-10 thousand people have Stargardt disease.
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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).
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How can I help R5-PARA?

For the moment, the most straight forward way to help is through financial support. 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 the moment contact Chester to discuss.
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How are contributions used?

Any sponsorship money or donation is used to offset the cost of coaching, travel, registration, and equipment. R5-PARA Racing travels to many local, regional, national and international events. All in the pursuit of earning an invitation to the Paralympic Cycling National Team, UCI World Championship Team, and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic team.

What is Para-cycling

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Operation Mission Vision

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Chester's Story

The Tandem driver Core

R5-PARA Racing

Fully-sighted tandem drivers training and racing with blind and visually-impaired athletes.

what is Stargardt's Disease

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Stargardt's Disease is a juvenile form of macular degeneration.

Velo/Vets Cycling for Fun and Fitness

Velo/Vets Tucson

Cyclists, volunteers and supporters enriching the lives of Veterans in our community by sharing the physical and mental benefits of cycling and camaraderie. Velo\Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Federal EIN number is: 46-2500801

R5-PARA Racing and the Tandem Driver Corps

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Training ride in the Huntersville business park with James Spencer at the helm.

Fast Forward Wheels

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The R5-PARA Racing "Race wheel" of choice.

FFWD Wheels

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Australian Para-National Team puts FFWD Wheels to the test.

RE-Cycle Tucson

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Developing our Stoker TT position by James Webster

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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

The Independence Fund

Non-Profit Organization