Steven Peace // Para-cycling
Motto: “Nothing is impossible…try, try, try again.”
Steven was a healthy Navy Officer who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three times within five years, and a 200-mile per week cyclist, until he had a massive stroke that left him unable to speak, use his right arm and leg, or walk independently. Among the things he had to give up was the Navy, where he had served proudly for 16 years.
Physicians were unable to identify the cause of his stroke, and prescribed a cane and hard plastic brace for his leg. Steven’s right side is still paralyzed, and walking remains difficult. With determination and tenacity, Steven turned his focus to triathlons and cycling on a trike for rehabilitation. Competing on a racing tricycle in the MT2 classification for the U.S. National Team, Steven won three para-cycling US National Championships and has medaled in 25 UCI World Cup racers. Steven came in 5th and 7th place in the road race and time trial respectively at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Steven has also raced in 12 triathlons, including three times at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside.
Known as “the trike guy,” when Steven is not racing or training he attends charity rides as a peer mentor. As a USAC Level 2 Coach for Peace Cycling Performance, Steven has coached six national champions, one UCI world champion, and three Paralympians. In 2017, Steven was honored with the Order of Ikkos Medal, awarded by a Paralympic medalist to a coach/mentor to recognize the difference they make to the sport of para-cycling.