Tandem Driver (pilot)

The Tandem Driver Corps consists of the incredibly selfless men and women who climb aboard the tandem bicycle to train and/or race with blind and visually-impaired athletes. since 2010, I have personally had the privilege to train and race with some amazing teammates as we work together to accomplish the R5-PARA Racing mission.

The Tandem Driver Corps

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

Greg Miller

2016 Teammate (road)

Kyle Knott

2016 Teammate (road/track)

Reuben Howden

2014-15 Teammate (road/track) Cofounder of R5-PARA Racing

Lee Wandel

2013 Teammate (road)

Anders Swanson

2013 Teammate (road)

Stephen Kocher

2013 Teammate (track)

Mike Byrd

2012 Teammate (road)

Pete Billington

2012 Teammate (track)

Karl Erickson

2011 Teammate (track)

Jim Alvord

2010 Teammate (track)

David Gulick

2010 Teammate (road)

Jonathan Blackley

Jonathan is a member of the R5-Para Corps of Tandem Drivers

John Jose

2016 Teammate (road/track) Velo/Vets Tucson --- Volunteer (tandem driver)

James Spencer

Current training driver (road)

Stephen Pedone

2017 R5-PARA Racing Teammate

2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships


Chester Triplett and Pete Billington

State Track Champs 2


Giordana Velodrome

State Track Champs


Giordana Velodrome

2016 Le def Sportif (Montreal, QC)

R5-PARA racing

Teammate: Greg Miller

2016 Para-Track Cycling Open

R5-PARA Racing

Teammate: Kyle Knott

2016 UCI Track Worlds Prep Camp

R5-PARA Racing

Teammate: Kyle Knott

R5-PARA Racing

R5-PARA Racing

Brushy MTN Training Ride

Stage 3: Assault on Brushy Mountain

R5-PARA Racing

Teammate: Reuben Howden


R5-PARA Racing

The CycleFest 50mile Social Ride

My first MTB Tandem ride with friend and teammate Greg Miller

R5-PARA Racing

MTB Tandem ride at the National Whitewater Center (Charlotte, NC0)

CycloFest 2016

R5-PARA Racing

MTB tandem ride with teamate and friend Greg Miller

Split Screen MTB Tandem Mayhem

R5-PARA Racing

2016 Fall CycleFest at the National Whitewater Center (Charlotte, NC)

2016 CycleFest 50mile Ride Final Cut

R5-PARA Racing

R5-PARA Racing led by Greg Miller for fall CycleFest presented by Interbike at the National whitewater Center (Charlotte, NC)

Tango With A Tandem?

Streamline Agency

Don't think so...

What is Para-cycling

R5-PARA Racing


R5-PARA Racing and Classic Cycling

R5-PARA Racing

R5-PARA Racing and Classic cycling Training Ride

2016 USABA Tandem Race Camp

R5PARA Racing

Gold Camp Descent Teammate: John Jose

Gold Camp Descent

R5-PARA Racing

Teammate: John Jose

Classic Cycling (Salisbury, NC)

R5-PARA Racing

All things cycling Wearables.

Operation Mission Vision


Chester's Story

The Tandem driver Core

R5-PARA Racing

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

2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track Worlds

R5-PARA Racing

Gate practice with teammate Pete Billington

2016 El Tour de tucson reca

R5-PARA Racing

El Tour

Saguaro National Park

R5-PARA Racing

Tuneup Ride

Saguaro National Park 2

R5-PARA Racing

Tuneup ride

2016 El Tour de Tucson Start

R5-PARA Racing


2016 ElTour de tucson CX

R5-PARA Racing

teammate John Jose

El Tour

R5-PARA Racing

A sincere thank you

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.

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.


Nov 19th

El Tour de Tucson

8 a.m. - noon
About El Tour The Ride Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fun adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional cyclists.


Mar 2nd

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.


May 4th

2017 Para-Cycling Road National Championships

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


Jun 17th

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

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