R5-PARA Racing
2017

Big thanks to James Webster for all the work invested into developing our Stoker TT position and also dialing-in the Driver's TT position.

I've been racing and training tandem now for 8 seasons and I've never used TT bars in our time-trial events.
My R5-PARA Racing teammate and I, however, noticed earlier this season at UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships that many of the BVI (Blind or Visually-Impaired) Stokers have adapted a TT position of some kind for their road time-trials and also on the track for the Pursuit and KILO.
So, during a recent R5-PARA Racing training camp in Tucson, AZ we ran into James Webster, owner at RE-Cycle Tucson, and he noticed I was racing my time-trials using regular road bars. James quickly offered to help develop a Tt position for the stoker cockpit which has made my teammate and i much more aero on the bike.

Big thanks to James for the attention to detail and all the work invested to get my position fit right.
Since the Driver's legs create a unique obstacle to adjusting my aero bars it took some time for James to tweak my position but I must admit, I really like the new position and I still feel as though I can make good power, while much mor aero than before using regular road bars.
if you are ever in Tucson, AZ stop by RE-Cycle Tucson and visit James Webster.

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
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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 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
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How is sponsorship money 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.
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5,000 PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

High visibility on our 2017 R5-Para racing clothing - Your logo and write-up on this site and our social media - Complementary (3 sets) R5-PARA Racing jersey and bib - Write-ups and reviews on our team blog
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3,000 GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

High visibility on our 2017 R5-Para racing clothing - Your logo and write-up on this site and our social media -Complementary (2 sets) R5-PARA Racing jersey and bibs - Write-ups and reviews on our team blog
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1,000 SILVER LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

High visibility on our 2017 R5-Para racing clothing - Your logo and write-up on this site and our social media - Complimentary (1 set) R5-PARa Racing racing jersey and bibs - Write-ups and reviews on our team blog
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500 BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

Placement of your logo on our racing team clothing - Visibility and write-up on this site and our social media - Write-ups on our team blog and discounts on the R5-PARA Racing jersey and bibs
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Not at the $500 level?

That's ok!
You can still support the R5-PARARacing mission!
Make any donation that works best for you.
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Platinum

Our platinum series is a professional level cycling kit using the highest of quality Italian made fabrics available. - Elite pro endurance chamois - Flat-Lock Stitching - 4cm silicon inject arm grippers - Silicon inject powerband on the legs - Cool black cooling fabric. - Fast drying and wicking fabric Perfect kit for the person looking for the highest level of performance fabrics with quality, comfort and style.
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Gold

Our gold series is a lightweight elite level cycling kit using the highest of quality Italian made fabrics. - Pro endurance chamois - Flat-Lock Stitching - 4cm silicon inject arm grippers - Silicon inject powerband on the legs - Super high wicking fabric. Perfect kit for the person who is looking for quality, comfort and style.
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Silver

Our silver level series cycling kit using the highest of quality Italian made fabrics and stands far above many of our competitors. - Endurance Chamois - Flat-Lock Stitching - Fabric powerband on the legs (Option to upgrade to silicon injected powerband) - High wicking fabric Perfect for those looking for - quality, comfort and style at a price point you can't beat.

What is Para-cycling

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

TRACK EVENTS
• 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).

what is Stargardt's Disease

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What is Stargardt Disease?
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.

R5-PARA Racing and the Tandem Driver Corps

R5-PARA Racing
2016

Thank you to James Spencer for investing the time into driving probably over 2hrs roundtrip, because of crazy LKN traffic, just to roll the road machine with me. it was barely 32degrees at the end of the ride but we got it done.
As a visually-impaired bike racer, I do the bulk of my training indoors never really knowing when I will get outside on the tandem. it requires a ton of patience during those indoor training sessions so that you can get the necessary work done that will prepare you for the next outdoor training ride.
Big thanks to James for making it possible.

Saturday

Jan 28th
2017

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

Thursday

Mar 2nd
2017

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.

Wednesday

Mar 22nd
2017

2017 R5-PARA Racing Spring Training Camp

Wed 3/22 - Wed 3/29
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
A 2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championship preparation camp.

Wednesday

Apr 12th
2017

2017 Charlotte Motor speedway Time-Trial series

Wed 4/12 - Fri 9/1
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10mile Time-Trial

Sunday

Apr 23rd
2017

2017 Arizona City Cotton Classic

7 a.m. - noon
A flat out and back time trial with 20k and 40k options.

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

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

2017 R5-PARA RACING PLEDGE DRIVE

$50.00 Raised / $20,000.00 Goal

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

Cycling Speed Skinsuit

$250.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey

$90.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Bibs

$100.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Wind Jacket

$140.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Wind Vest

$130.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Arm Warmers

$60.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Leg Warmers

$60.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Cycling Knee Warmers

$60.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Mechanic Shirt

$60.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Polo Shirt

$60.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Short Sleeve TT Suit

$210.00

Official R5-Para Racing Apparel

Triathlon Suit

$150.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Triathlon Singlet

$90.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Triathlon Shorts

$90.00

Official R5-Para Racing Uniform

Long Sleeve Running Shirt

$65.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Short Sleeve Running Shirt

$59.00

Official R5-PARA RACING Uniform

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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

USABA

The United States Association of Blind Athletes

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

EPOCH Performance Therapy Racing

Supporting athletes of all abilities by promoting the sport of triathlon, a healthy lifestyle, and serving our community.