Wednesday March 22nd - Wednesday March 29th

One Time Only

R5-PARA Racing is excited to announce Joseph Mata as primary teammate and Tandem Driver for the2017 R5-PARA Racing Spring Training Camp. Between March 22-29 R5-PARA Racing will primarily focus on road training in preparation for 2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships in Grand Junction, CO. R5-PARA Racing will be joined by Stephen Pedone as primary teammate and Tandem driver for Para-Cycling Road National Championships. During this training camp the primary focus is building road fitness, after finishing up track season earlier this month, as well as, continued development of road racing skills, time-trial pacing and continued development of between-rider communication on and off the bike. R5-PARa Racing will utilize a combination of open-road terrain, as well as, the Giordana Velodrome and Rock Hill Road Course. Joseph and I invite you to come out and join us for a training ride to learn more about R5-PARA Racing, tandem cycling for blind and or visually-impaired persons and The Paralympic Cycling Division. This is the R5-PARA Racing journey towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Selection

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Giordana Velodrome and Rock Hill Road course

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

2017 R5-PARA Racing Spring Training Camp Review

March 30, 2017

Training camp with Joseph Matta

2017 R5-PARA RacingSpring Training Camp

March 19, 2017


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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Does a tandem track bicycle have brakes or shifters?

No. A tandem track bicycle, just like a standard track bicycle, does not use brake levers or shifters.

Does a tandem track bicycle also use direct-drive?

Yes. Just like a standard track bicycle, a track tandem uses direct-drive so when the tandem team begins turning the cranks, or pedals, they can not freewheel like a typical road bicycle.

How do you stop a track tandem if it does not have brakes?

A tandem team must apply GRADUAL reverse pressure on the pedals to bring the track tandem to a stop.

if a track tandem does not have shifters, how does a tandem team change gears?

On a track tandem, just like a standard track bike, a tandem team uses one "chainring" in the front of the drivetrain and one smaller "cog" in the rear of the drivetrain.

How does a tandem team know which gear to use?

Gear selection can vary from team to team depending on cadence preference and also depending in which event the team is competing. A smaller "gear inch" would typically be used in warmup.

Does a track tandem use the same chain as a standard road tandem?

No. Track tandems typically use a 1/8inch or 3/32inch chain. The typical road tandem or standard road bicycle uses a 1/8inch chain width.

where does a tandem team ride a "track tandem"?

At a velodrome.

What is a Velodrome?

Technical aspects[edit]
Banking in the turns, called superelevation, allows riders to keep their bikes relatively perpendicular to the surface while riding at speed. When travelling through the turns at racing speed, which may exceed 85 km/h (52.8 mph), the banking attempts to match the natural lean of a bicycle moving through that curve. At the ideal speed, the net force of the centrifugal force (outward) and gravity (downward) is angled down through the bicycle, perpendicular to the riding surface.
Riders are not always travelling at full speed or at a specific radius. Most events have riders all over the track. Team races (like the madison) have some riders at speed and others riding more slowly. In match sprints riders may come to a stop by performing a track stand in which they balance the bicycle on the sloped surface while keeping their feet locked into the pedals. For these reasons, the banking tends to be 10 to 15 degrees less than physics predicts. Also, the straights are banked 10 to 15 degrees more than physics would predict. These compromises make the track ridable at a range of speeds.
From the straight, the curve of the track increases gradually into the circular turn. This section of decreasing radius is called the easement spiral or transition. It allows bicycles to follow the track around the corner at a constant radial position. Thus riders can concentrate on tactics rather than steering

Rock Hill Road course with Joseph Matta

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Rock Hill Road Course

Rock Hill oRoad Course With Joseph Matta

R5PARA Racing

2017 R5-PARA Racing Spring Training Camp

League Racing with Joseph Matta at the Giordana Velodrome

R5-PARA Racing

4k Individual Pursuit and 1k Time-trial

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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

The Independence Fund

Non-Profit Organization


May 4th

2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships

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


May 27th

2017 Tennessee Para-Cycling Open

Sat 5/27 - Sun 5/28
8 a.m. - noon
TPO is a Paracycling event for all UCI-recognized paracycling classes plus recumbent classes.


Dec 2nd

2017 Para-Cycling Track

Sat 12/2 - Sun 12/3
Track National Championships Olympic Velodrome