Coach – Cycling
Peter Paulding began his work for USABA as a pilot for blind cyclists and raced in numerous disabled and able-bodied races with blind athletes. He raced at the Burley Tandem Duet Classic in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997; the USA Cycling Masters National Championships in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997; the International Cycling Championships in Tampa, Florida in 1994; and numerous other regional races. Through his efforts, Paulding established a relationship with USA Cycling that enabled blind cyclists to compete in tandem cycling events across the U.S. and at the Masters Nationals Championships where USA Cycling conducted tandem racing. He was a race partner, coach, team leader, advocate, mechanic, or whatever role he needed to take on to help the Para-cycling movement succeed. Long before USA Cycling was mandated by the UCI (Union Cycliste International), to include all cyclists with disabilities in their events, Paulding had cyclists with disabilities welcomed at cycling events across the country. In 2001, the U.S. Para-cycling Team was ranked #1 in the world – a legacy of his leadership as all of the athletes who medaled were brought into the sport by Paulding’s dedication and hard work. That year the U.S. Para-cycling Team brought home 34 medals – 17 Gold, 11 Silver and 6 Bronze. Paulding currently serves on the USABA Board of Directors.