Friday April 7th - Sunday April 9th

One Time Only

The 2017 Tour de Raptor is a 3 day stage event of one team, two riders and one tandem bicycle.
R5-PaRA Racing with Joseph Matta at the helm will embark upon this 3 day stage event in preparation for the 2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships, where the team will be joined by Stephen Pedone as Tandem driver.

During the 2017 Tour de Raptor
The primary mission is to continue raising awareness of vision loss, stargardts Disease and to also live a healthy lifestyle through training and racing the tandem bicycle.

Training Objectives:
Emphasis on pacing the climbs as well as cornering the downhill descents

Stage 1: Prologue (April 7)
Town Mountain Hill climb

R5-PARA Racing will race the clock 5miles up the Town Mountain Hill climb route in asheville, NC

Stage 2 (April 8):
The Assault on the Carolinas

During Stage 2, R5-PARA Racing will join the Assault on the carolinas and help raise money for the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest. All proceeds are donated to charity.

Big thanks to the Military Endurance Sports Team for providing mission support during Stage 2.

Stage 3: (April 9)
The Assault on Brushy Mountain

During stage 3, R5-PARA Racing will depart from the church indicated on the MapMyRide link and follow the route. We will add a few extra climbs.

The 2017 Tour de Raptor
R5-PARA Racing with Joseph Matta as team leader, fighting vision loss, one mountain at a time.

R5-PARA Racing would like to sincerely thank Joseph for dedicating such an incredible amount of time and energy into training and racing the tandem bicycle and making the impossible, possible.

Rule#1 There Can Be No Victory, if You Quit.




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

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

Schedule
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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 Stargardt's Disease

R5-PARA Racing

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

Rock Hill Road course with Joseph Matta

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Rock Hill Road Course

Rock Hill oRoad Course With Joseph Matta

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2017 R5-PARA Racing Spring Training Camp

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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

The Independence Fund

Non-Profit Organization

Thursday

May 4th
2017

2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships

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

Saturday

May 27th
2017

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.