STEVEN PEACE

My name is Steven Peace. I am 42 years old. I was a healthy, U.S. Navy Officer and a bicyclist, riding 200 miles a week. However, on October 16, 2006, one month before my fourth deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan in five years, a massive stroke hit my brain and body leaving me unable to speak, use my arm, or walk independently. What made it worse was that I lived alone so no one found me. Luckily, a shipmate found me when I didn’t show up on the ship for 14 hours. Among the things I had to give up or learn a new way, was the Navy, which I had been in for 16 years. I was medically retired as a Lieutenant Commander with an honorable discharge. Physicians were unable to identify the cause of my stroke, and prescribed me a cane and hard plastic brace for my leg. My right side is still paralyzed and walking remains difficult. With my determination and tenacity, I launched a second career in triathlons and cycling. Over two years, I have raced in 12 triathlons, culminating in the Oceanside 70.3 Half-Ironman, twice. In cycling I have participated in Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Rides (12), Ride 2 Recovery Challenges (3), Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Million Dollar Challenge (620 miles in 7 days) (4), won the Para-Cycling US Nationals, competed in World Cups & World Championships around the world (15). The highlight is 2012 Paralympic Games which I placed 5th and 7th. When not racing or riding, I can be found with the grassroots of my coaching business, as a USAC Level 2 Coach. Peace Cycling Performance has taken off. Before my stroke, I never thought of competing at this level. Now? Just put it in front of me, and I’ll do it. CAF has a box on its application that says “elite athlete.” I can check that now.

 

PALMARES:

 

2017

World Cup of Paracycling - Oostend, BEL, 3rd TT, 8th RR

World Cup of Paracycling - Maniago, ITA, 2nd TT, 5th RR

National Championship – Grand Junction, CO, 3rd TT, 3rd RR

2016

World Cup of Paracycling – Basque Country, ESP, 3rd TT, 8th RR

Paracycling Trials – Charlotte, NC, 2nd

National Championship – Winston-Salem, NC, 1st TT, 3rd RR

World Cup of Paracycling - Oostend, BEL, 9th TT, 15th RR

World Cup of Paracycling - Pietermaritzburg, RSA, 3th TT, 3th RR

2015
World Cup of Paracycling – Pietermaritzburg, RSA, 6th TT, 7th RR
World Championship – Notwill, SWI, 8th TT, 9th RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Elzach, GER, 8th TT, 6th RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Maniago, ITA, 10th TT, 11th RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Yverdon, SWI, 4th TT, 8th RR


2014
World Championship - Greenville, USA, 4th TT, 6th RR
National Championship – Madison, WI, 2nd TT, 2nd RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Segovia, ESP, 2nd TT, 6th RR
World Cup of Paracycling - Castiglione, ITA, 2nd TT, 6th RR


2013
World Championship - Baie Comeau, CAN, 5th TT, 6th RR
National Championship – Madison, WI, 1st TT, 2nd RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Matane, CAN, 3th TT, 5th RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Merano, ITA, 9th TT, 4th RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Segovia, ESP, 3rd TT, 5th RR


2012
Paralympics London 2012 – 9th TT, 5th RR
National Championship - Augusta, GA, 1st TT, 1st RR
World Cup of Paracycling – Rome, ITA, 3nd TT, 4th RR


2011
ParaPanAm Games – Guadalajara, MEX, 1st TT, 2nd RR
World Championship - Rokslide, Demark, 5th TT, 6th RR
National Championship - Augusta, GA, 2nd TT, 1st RR
World Cup of Paracycling - Baie Comeau, CAN, 2nd TT


2010
World Championship - Baie Comeau, CAN, 9th TT, 8th RR
National Championship - Bend, OR, 1st TT

Oceanside, CA 70.3 2010, 2012, and 2015 - 3rd (56 mile bike)
Million Dollar Challenge (Challenged Athletes Foundation Fundraiser) 2010, 2013, and 2014  

620 miles in 7 days, San Francisco to San Diego

Military: US Navy, US Naval Academy (BS Naval Architecture),

Naval Postgraduate School (MS Systems Engineering), 16 years (2 years Enlisted, 14 years Officer),

Honorable Discharge

US Military Endurance Sports: Inaugural/current member of the Elite Paracycling Team

Peace Cycling Performance (PCP)
Recruited 25 new trike riders
Recruited and coached Jill Walsh, 2015 World Championship RR

Jill Walsh and Ryan Boyle from PCP to Rio Paralympics
Jill Walsh and Ryan Boyle current World Champions 

Only US based trike coach

Challenged Athlete Foundation
Mentor to 8 people recently recovering from injury
Volunteer at numerous activities to get more people biking/triking/hand-cycling
Assist people with choosing the correct adaptive bicycle

 

Thank You

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