Meet the Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team is comprised of disabled veterans who compete at cycling and marathon events around the country. Click on a name below to learn more about our team members:

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Team Members:

 

Team Member:  Francisco Abreu
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southern Florida PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: This is my first year!
Francisco says: I did my first race with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) in Melbourne, FL, February 3, 2013. That is the only race so far due to some medical complications, but I'm planning to do many more.

 

Team Member: Rault Acosta

 

 

Team Member: Gerard Ah-Fook

 

Team Member: Hack Albertson
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Kentucky&Indiana Chapter
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 18 months
Hack says: I saw PVR at the National Veterans Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh then purchased a handcycle shortly after that so I could feel the wind in my face and exercise.

 

Team Member: Adam Allen
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since January 2013
Adam says: I’ve found that cycling on the PVR team has given me an outlet to deal with my disability in a more positive manner through good competition and camaraderie with other veterans.

 

Team Member: Carolyn Andrews
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Mid-Atlantic
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: two years
Carolyn says: "But those who wait upon the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall not run and not be weary, They shall walk (wheel [cjc]) and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 We can fly as we wheel (race)towards the finish line.

 

Team Member: John Arbino 
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Mid-Atlantic
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2013
John says: PVR has provided a way for me to stay connected with fellow veterans and remain physically active. Being new to handcycling, it has also been helpful to meet other members of PVR to learn about the sport.

 

Team Member: Seth Arseneau
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Zia
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2010
Seth says: Being a part of the PVR team has been the most fulfilling experience I've had in the 12 years that I've been racing.  Regardless of where I finish in the pack, the support, the sense of camaraderie, and the friendships I've made will be remembered for the rest of my life.

 

Team Member: Chris Ayres

 

Team Member: Joe Beimfohr
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Florida Gulf Coast
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing:Started racing in 2009. 
Joe says: I got involved with PVR because I wanted to race at a more competitive level. Since most of the team are veterans, there's already a common bond between us, and we are able to look out for each other, both on and off the race course. 

 

Team Member: Wes Bergin

 

Team Member: Michael Bishop
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: About four years.
Michael says: The members of the PVR keep me motivated and excited to continue pursuing the sport I love, handcycing.

 

Team Member: Bill Bjornes, Jr.

 

Team Member: Leon Bostick
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Long Beach, CA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Two years.
Leon says: My main goal is to get other veterans to realize the social, psychological, and physical benefits of having a healthy activity like paracycling. There are many harmful developments that can occur when an idle minds sits in a house with no positive outlet.

 

Team Member: Michael Brickert
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Rocky Mountain Chapter
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 8 years
Michael says: Camaraderie with fellow veterans is important for me and my participation in the Paralyzed Veterans Racing team.

  Team Member: Stephen Bush
 

Team Member: Ernie Butler
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Northwest
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2009
Ernie says: Handcycling is a fun, healthy activity, and riding with PVR helps add the third dimension. Competition, it is both challenging and provides a lot of camaraderie.

 

Team Member: Dennis Clark
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southeastern PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2011.
Dennis says: The PVR racing team gives me incentive to stay in shape.  It keeps me in touch with some awesome racers.  It is one of the few places where ancient (me at 66) racers can race with other ancients as well as Olympic caliber racers, learning from them and having a great time while trying to maximize my own potential.  And it helps me beat some of the young studs too!

 

Team Member: Brett Clingan 
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Ohio
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing:  Since 2010 
Brett says: Paralyzed Veterans Racing brings us together and gives me a reason to get out and get going.

 

Team Member: Rory Cooper
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Keystone
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2010
Rory says: It motivates me to stay in shape and gives me the opportunity to assist new athletes to the sport, and serve as an example of what veterans can achieve. You never really know how much talent is in America's military formations.

 

Team Member: Troy Conquest
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2007
Troy says: Never say never!

 

Team Member: Craig Cornwall
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Cal-Diego
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since 2012
Craig says: PVR has struck the perfect balance of high-performance development and all-inclusiveness in a handcycling team. We have been pivotal in new athletes getting involved in sport, going as far as to sponsor introductory camps a VA hospital sites, but we also have paralympic cyclists, national and world champions, as well as record holders on the team. From this deep pool of talent, we are able to offer insight, mentoring, and top level encouragement for beginner to intermediate cyclists, while providing training and racing opportunities to top level racers! Amazing Team!

 

Team Member: Mark Crim
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Northwest
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since 2013
Mark says: PVR has given me the opportunity to learn a new sport -- handcycling.  It has opened up resources that have put me in the development stage of my racing career and allowed me to connect with other handcyclists.

 

Team Member: Jerry Cuzick

 

Team Member: Bill Czyzewski
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2013 
Bill says: Paralyzed Veterans Racing gives me safe places to ride. I hope at my age to inspire some of the younger disabled veterans and to help inspire some of the older ones to get out and get in shape to live longer. PVR helps me to be in shape and live longer. 

 

Team Member: Alfredo De Los Santos

 

Team Member: Daniel Dudek

 

Team Member: Gregg Fordham
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Three years
Gregg says: PVR helps you to compete against yourself and makes you push yourself in handcycling. 

 

Team Member: Joshua Ferguson
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): ATM in 2014.
Joshua says: "Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

 

Team Member: Debra Freed

 

Team Member: Jacob Freeland
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southeastern

 

Team Member: Ted Garcia
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southern Arizona VA HCS
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since November 2012
Ted says:  Guy, seventeen years old, lives for cycling competitions. He trained hard in his cycling club, and the day came when he was to take part in his first real race. His parents went with him to the starting line, giving last-minute advice.  Suddenly, the starting signal was given. His mother shouted, "Guy, be careful! Don't go too fast!"  --Anonymous

 

Team Member: Sean Gibbs
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Central Florida
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): since 2013
Sean says: Paralyzed Veterans of America and PVR has paved the way for veterans with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) to travel, live, gain employment and become an active, productive member of society. I couldn't imagine what the world of SCI/D would be like without Paralyzed Veterans and PVR. Now it's out turn to give back by volunteering. 

 

Team Member: Art Gonzalez
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Cal-Diego
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): 
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Team Member: Cody Goss
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Mid-South
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): since 2014
Cody says: "PVR is a great opportunity to be around like-minded individuals who are not satisfied with the standard that just because we were injured means that we cannot push forward."

 

Team Member: Will Groulx
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): since 2012

 

Team Member: Theresa Hannigan
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2014
Theresa says: I love the freedom. I love how it makes me feel.

 

Team Member: Roger Harris
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: National chapter
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2014 
Roger says: I have always had an interest in sports! I was a runner in high school, and I see wheelchair racing as another way for me to enjoy running again. After racing in the 2014 Army Ten-Miler, my heart is wide open to the sport of racing!

 

Team Member: Emanuel Herrera
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since November 2012.
Emanuel says: "The esprit de core, the ambiance of being around the team is great. Since I started biking, I have lowered  both my blood pressure and cholesterol. Plus, my chest pains have stopped. You do a lot of thinking on a bike -- about yourself, your family, where you have been, where you are going. You feel good after a bike ride. It gets the blood flowing."

 

Team Member: Ken Higgins
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
Ken says: I haved raced with PVR for almost a year, and they are a great group of guys. I got involved with PVR because of the cool uniforms--just kidding--I wanted to meet with other disabled racers share successes, share racing tips, be part of a great team of awesome people, and, indeed, that is what has happened. " Don't give up don't ever give up" - Jim Valvano

 

Team Member: Kevin Hillery
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Northeast Chapter
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing:Joined Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) about a year and a half ago, shortly after finishing my rehabilitation from my spinal cord injury.
Kevin says: The PVR racing team has been an awesome way for me to get involved in handcycling. Thanks to the community support and all of Jody Shiflett's hard work, the PVR team makes it easy to fall in love with the sport of handcycling.

 

Team Member: Randy Hogue
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2015
Randy says: “I ended up choosing Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing because of what the team stood for. I wanted to represent a team I believed in. On top of that, it meant a lot to be around other veterans who understand the challenges we face with our bodies. The team has made such a difference in my life.”

 

Team Member: Karen McMillan Holman
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Mid-Atlantic PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since September 2015
Karen says: As a Physician Assistant I find myself counseling my patients about healthy living and keeping the body in motion on a routine basis. However, I was not practicing what I was preaching, my husband is currently on the team and I would ride with him while he was training and I found every excuse not to ride from: it’s too hot; how much farther do we have to go; I’m getting tied; to can we stop now! He encouraged me to join the team and I did. I participated in my first race at the 2015 Army 10 Miler and I finished ARMY STRONG! I am grateful to Paralyzed Veterans Racing for providing me the opportunity to compete in this sport. Remember your life can be changed in an instant so live each day like it’s golden. 

 

Team Member: Kenneth Holman
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Mid-Atlantic
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2014
Kenneth says: “Don't worry be happy”

 

Team Member: Barry Homberg
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since October 2014
Barry says: I like PVR  as I am able to cycle and do something with people I can relate to! 

   
   
   
   
 

Team Member: Geoff Hopkins
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2001
Geoff says: “The purpose of my life and the purpose of my injury is to help other people. I want to show them that life goes on and that you can be an active participant in life.”

Team Member: Samuel Hudson

Team Member: James Johnson

Team Member: George Jackson
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: West Virginia
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Four years
George says: I love to ride with PVR!

Team Member: Samuel "Gunny" Keeney
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since 2013
Gunny says:  PVR members have shown me, "It's not important what you place coming across the finish line, but rather the journey you take to get to that finish line."

Team Member: Lloyd Kelso
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Mid-Atlantic
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2008
Lloyd says: I enjoy the competition, comrades, and continued education involved with racing a handcycle. I also enjoy racing on different courses and situations.

 

Team Member: Kelly Knox
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Buckeye PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): since 2012
Kelly says: Paracycling gives me a way to remain active and competitive after my disability forced me to give up other sports. As a lifelong athlete, adaptive sports saved me from the frustration I was feeling and has helped me to stay healthy. I am inspired by the high level of athleticism and commitment of my teammates and proud to race alongside them.

   
 

Team Member: Holly Koester

 

Team Member: Darol Kubacz

 

Team Member: Bruce Kuker
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  South Texas
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2012
Bruce says: I have found cycling to be the only competitive sport in which I can do with out aggravating my current injury. However, being apart of the PVR as a volunteer and athlete is the single most therapeutic item towards my recovery.

 

Team Member: William (Trey) LaFitte
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Bayou-Gulf States
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing:  Since 2010

 

Team Member: Tammy Landeen

 

Team Member: Tamara Lawter
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Kentucky/Indiana
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2011
Tamara says: Racing is a great way to stay in shape, stay healthy, relieve stress, and to hang out with the greatest group of athletes!

 

Team Member: Ken Matthews
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Wisconsin
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since 2014
Ken says:  The support that PVR provides for good training and preparation through the online resources has been very helpful and encouraging. 

   
   
   
 

Team Member: Cletis Mays
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Racing two+ years with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR)
Cletis says: Go hard or go home.
 
Team Member: Charles McDonald
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
 How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Jonathan Miller
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
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Team Member: Carlos Moleda
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southeastern PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Three years
Carlos says: The Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) team is the first one in which I feel I really belong to a team. We do things as a group and help each other improve as an athlete.  The PVR team is how a team is supposed to work.
 
Team Member: Carl Morgan
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Southeastern
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing:  Since August 2014
Carl says: Ride or Die.........Baby!!!!
 
Team Member: David Neumer
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 2014 is my first year.
David says:  Paralyzed Veterans Racing has provided me with the motivation to stay active and remain competitive. Thanks for all of the support!
 
Team Member: Michael Paul
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Jason Paxton
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
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Team Member: Steven Peace
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Cal-Diego
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Got started about three years ago (2010).  I ride a upright trike so my entrance into races it somewhat limited
Steven says: There's nothing that I can't or won't do since my stroke.
 
Team Member: Ryan Pinney
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Phoenix
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2014
Ryan says: PVR is a team of peers that enables everyone to be apart of a team again. We push each other, we root for each other, and we celebrate with each other.
 
Team Member: Amir Pishdad Jr.
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: PVA Central Florida Chapter
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Tampa, FL, in 2013
Amir says: I completed my first race with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) in Tampa, FL, July 2013. At that race, I gained a real perspective of the level of determination, motivation, and persistence required to be competitive with all of my fellow veteran handcyclists. I didn't win a medal at that event, but I won the opportunity to make many new friends. And, it was from that event, that I became more motivated, more involved and more focused. So I trained very vigorously in San Diego, by participating in frequent bike races and long distance bike events, many over 60 miles. It was because of that level of training which enabled me to earn the Silver Medal at the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Philadelphia, PA 2013. When I'm not training, I devote much time and energy as a Mentor to a group of young men on Facebook,  many who have aspirations to become a Navy SEAL. My goal is provide encouragement through my motivational and inspirational comments and discussions, all aimed at helping steer these young men toward accomplishing "their goals." I am most proud and privileged to be a member of the Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team because of the camaraderie and brotherhood experienced, where at every race, "we are all winners!"

Team Member: Mark Power
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Bobby Puckett
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
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Team Member: Solomon "Butch" Revils
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Southern
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR): Since 2012.
Butch says: PVR gave me a second chance to compete with a bunch of people who will compete against you hard and at the same time go all out to help you.
 
Team Member: Anthony Rivera
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Matthew Robinson
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Third year with the team, second year racing competitively.
Matthew says: The reason I enjoy racing with the Paralyzed Veterans Racing team so much is because of the family atmosphere. We all work together to help one another out. It doesn't matter if you’re experienced or at your first race, there is always someone there to help you. It is truly a team that embraces the sport but doesn't put any one member above the whole of the team.
 
Team Member: Helman Roman
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Been with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) for over a year.
Helman says: I enjoy the competitive nature and professionalism of the PVR team and look forward to continuing to race with it. It's a great group of guys and the bond that we have is great.
 
Team Member: Aaron Roux
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Mike Savicki
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: New England
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2011
Mike says: Wheelchair racing and handcycling can be solitary sports by their very nature. Being a PVR team member reminds me I'm part of something greater.

Team Member: Steven Scalzo
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Mid-America
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2012
Steven Says: As a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team, I am provided with great support in a fraternity of incredible teammates that are willing to share their insights into the competitive sport of handcycling.

Team Member: Laura Schwawnger
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Josh Sharpe
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Raced with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) since approximately 2008.
Josh says: Being involved with the PVR handcycle race team is great because of the camaraderie that comes along with being part of the team.  We always have a lot of fun at the races and enjoy competing against each other and alongside each other.
 
Team Member: Jody Shiflett
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Mid-Atlantic PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2010
Jody says: Rewarding, inspiring, and fulfilling are just a few words that come to mind when I reflect on my involvement with the Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team (PVR).  I appreciate the level of support that many of our members give to one another and am proud to race alongside them.  We are a team with varied level of experience and types of bikes.  There is a place for all levels of para-cyclists on our team.  Come give PVR a try.
 
Team Member: Jeff Snover
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Southeastern PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Joined the Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) team in 2011 after seeing several members at races in the Southeast.
Jeff says: I joined the PVR team in 2011 after chatting with several PVR members at races in the Southeast US.  I was looking to expand my horizons as an athlete and as a person.
The support from fellow teammates has been outstanding.  I also enjoy helping others to learn as they join the team.  I have learned a lot from many of my teammates, which has lead me to getting faster, training more wisely and actually having someone to race with at events instead of just showing up as an individual, hoping to find someone to work with in a race. This has put even more fun into the sport that I am passionate about.
I look forward to continuing to help my fellow teammates and to help grow the sport of para-cycling.  I recommend to everyone with or without a disability to try as many activities as possible they never know what may spark their interest.

Team Member: Darrin Snyder
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Stanley Snyder
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since 2014
Stanley says: PVR gives me a way to exercise, and I can do what ever I set my mind to do. I can be competitive in handcycling.
 
Team Member: Leigh Sumner
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Mid-Atlantic PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Since May 2015
Leigh says: I am grateful to Paralyzed Veterans Racing for providing me the opportunity to compete in sports again, and do so with other like-minded, spirited veterans. I had greatly missed the camaraderie, teamwork, and bond formed by our similar military experiences and strengthened through healthy competition. 
 
Team Member: Dean Suthard
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Over two years
Michael says: I love just being with veterans and enjoy the competition amongst ourselves. Disabilities are possibilities.
 
Team Member: C. David Swaim
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
Team Member: Scott Sweet
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter:  Florida Gulf Coast
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: One year
Scott says: I struggled for a long time after I was injured to find something that I could do that really pushed the limits of my body, I tried several other sports until I finally found handcycling. In January of 2011, I competed in the Melbourne Music Marathon in Melbourne Florida. This is the very first race of the year for the United States Handcycling Federation series and is where I met Jody Shiflett for the first time. He gave me the rundown on what Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) was all about, and what I needed to do to be part of the team.
As I began racing with PVR, I started meeting some of the most inspirational people, good people that you just want to hang out with and learn from.  It was if I was back with my military buddies, and for me, this is the best part of PVR. The second best part is racing, when I get to see if I have been working harder than everyone else. We have some really dedicated riders on our team so we are constantly pushing each other as far as we can, which usually leads to very lively post race harassment and congratulations! Get a handcycle, train hard and get involved. You’ll be glad you did!

 

  Team Member: Kevin Tenney
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
  Team Member: Jackie Tyler
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: 
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: 
 
  Team Member: Victor Ventura
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Cal-Diego
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR):  Since 2012
Victor says: PVR has great leadership, and it's very motivating when teammates compete at an international level.
 
  Team Member: Keith Winchell
Paralyzed Veterans of America local chapter: Central Florida PVA
How long have you been racing with Paralyzed Veterans Racing: Joined the Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) Team in 2012.
Keith says:  I am a L1 paraplegic, incomplete. My first race with PVR was in Rome, GA, where I got a good education on handcycling. With so little information out there on racing handcycles, PVR is just what I was looking for.
PVR has given me back the feeling of my days in the military and as a NYPD police officer, being part of team and helping with our strengths and weaknesses. This year my racing is coming together with my first win at the Port Lucie Half Marathon, and it was the team that won also. The PVR team really is a "Band of Brothers."