Ryan Pinney

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2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games

People are often asking me about what my biggest takeaway was from my experience in Tokyo. I honestly have to say it was all of it. Even though this was a different Paralympics then any other Paralympics because of the worldly conditions, I made it a point to go there and enjoy every aspect of the experience. My family has sacrificed so much for me to be there over the last 5 years that if I don’t enjoy everything,...

Paralympic Cycling Trials

The time trial for the opportunity to represent Team USA in Tokyo at the Paralympic Games is finally here. It has been a long journey and a lot of my friends and family have sacrificed so much for me to be able to go for this goal. I have a passion for riding my bike and getting faster but, a passion without that support is nothing to me. My wife has been there from day 1 and has seen...

International Travel for an International World Cup Race… Finally

Traveling internationally for the first time since the pandemic is something I will always remember. Since the first World Cup Race was actually going to take place in Belgium, I was both excited and nervous. Excited because I finally get to compete against some of the best in the world and nervous because I am traveling overseas for the first time in a long time as well as, well I AM COMPETING AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST IN THE...

US Paracycling Open

Day 1 - TRAVEL DAY As I sit in the terminal waiting to board the flight from Houston to Huntsville, I am relieved when I see  my bike and wheels go up the conveyor belt into the airplane. That, to me, is the most stressful part about the travel day is 1, that all my equipment arrives and 2, that it arrives safely. The plan for when I arrive in Huntsville will be pretty easy. Just a van, check into...

Hard Work

Whats the reward for hard work? More hard work. After having a pretty successful Swamp Classic and getting some of the rust from the lack of racing knocked off, there is no time for celebrations or for time off. This is not one of the goals from this 2021 year. The ultimate goal is the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Since this is the goal, I need to get back to my training sessions right away. Racing is fun and, honestly,...

Back to Racing Day 5

Day 5 Race Day 2, the Crit. This day did not start at all how I wanted it to. After a good road race and time trial, my bike decided it did not want to cooperate this morning. For some reason, my rear derailleur became completely unresponsive to any input. Luckily, the guys from Carbonbike USA were there to lend me a hand and to lend me an operable rear derailleur. After changing the part and getting changed into my...

Back to Racing Day 4

Day 4 Race Day is finally here and I am nervous and anxious. The road race is the first race to begin and I know the bike is good, I know that I have had good training the last year, and I know the course. It is time to get out there and ride. It is time to have fun and trust my training. We are all lined up and it is time to go.  As I cross the finish line...

Back to Racing Day 3

Day 3 Race Day Eve, but the course recon is very important. It is not a hard training day, but just a day to stay loose and get a good, updated look at the course the race will be on. If I have not raced the course before, it gives me the opportunities to get used to the turns. In cases like the Swamp Classic, I have raced this same course in previous years so I am just getting a...

Back to Racing Day 2

Day 2 Bikes are unpacked and ready for a little bit of training to get used to this Florida humidity and time zone. We are riding with Team USA Paracyclist, Brandon Lyons, around his community. He has welcomed into his home for a couple days before we all race in the Swamp Classic. The ride was relatively flat and long. It was good to ride outside and with other handcyclists. My training typically consists of either riding on the trainer...

Back to Racing

Day 1 Finally flying out to a race for the first time in a year. I am very excited and very nervous at the same time. Along with getting ready for a race, I am preparing to leave my wife and 2 year old daughter for the first time in a year. They are just as excited and nervous as I am. Excited because I am finally racing after spending so many hours of so many days of the last...