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The United States Deaf Cycling Association (USDCA) maintains this web site in an effort to raise public awareness of the services, only cycling organization that is affiliated with the U.S.A. Deaf Sports Federation.

New Board Members


It is our pleasure to welcome Rory Osbrink and Bridget Berrigan on board USDCA. Rory as Secretary and Bridget as Board Member at Large.

Our next board meeting is March 22, 2023 @ 8PM EST / 7PM CST / 6PM MST / 5PM PST.

Posted on February 18, 2023

Deaf Bike Festival - Smashing Success!

The USDCA hosted the 2022 Deaf Bike Festival under the auspice of the Bikeboom Series in Bentonville, Arkansas on October 13-15, 2022. Over 100 deaf cyclists from across the country were present that traveled the city's mountain bike trails, the Capital of the World.

In the picture, they are the board members of the USDCA. Left to right:
   Michael Wynne, Team Manager
   Paul Wood, Vice President
   John Klish, President
   Bobby Skedsmo, Secretary-Treasurer
   John Skjeveland, Team Manager

Here are the links for your eyes of what was going on at the deaf events.
  First Day Activities:
  Coler Fire Line Trail:
  Slalom Race & Social Night:

Posted on October 22, 2022

Is Road Biking Better than Mountain?

Mountain biking and road biking are two different cycling disciplines. They might both be in the same sport, but they have a lot of differences. Most of which have been the cause of debates between the two sides.

Posted on September 4, 2022

History of Deaflympic Games

Hello Deaflympic members,

The book is all about the participation of the USA team delegations at the IGD/WGD/Deaflympics from 1935 to 2022.

The book has a wealth of data information about the history, statistics, world records, hundreds of color pictures, and more. It is the first and only book in the world. It is also once a lifetime and USA Deaflympic Bible book.

The cost, including shipping for the book, is only $75. Don't hesitate to contact Rafael at his video phone # 347-474-4011 or email address:

No question, this book is long-waited and valuable for a wide range of our readers and sports historians.

Deaflympically yours,
Rafael Pinchas, Author from Queen, New York

Posted on July 26, 2022

Congratulations to John Klish

John Klish won a bronze medal at the Deaflympics of cross country mountain bike event at Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

Bence Foldi of Hungary - Pawel Arciszewski of Poland - John Klish of USA

Posted on May 24, 2022

The member of the USA Cycling Team sent to Caxias do Sul, Brazil
May 1-15, 2022

Scott Staubach - Rory Osbrink - Blake Herbold - John Klish - Chris Khanoyan
Joey Greegor - John Skjeveland - Dmitry Rossoshansky - Michael Wynne

(John Skjeveland and Michael Wynne are the team managers)

Posted on May 20, 2022

Deaf Bike Festival
October 13-16, 2022

While we're still wrapping up and recovering from the Deaflympics in Brazil, we are already looking forward to our next event this fall in Bentonville, Arkansas! The USDCA/D3 in partnership with key supporters are hosting Bikeboom 2022 and registration is now open! Camping/clinics, etc. limited to 100 spots! We will still accept more after 100, just don't miss out on the good stuff that the festival's offering! Free camping, bike rentals, clinics, shuttles, museum tours, all for just a $50 registration fee! Sign up today and claim your spot!

Posted on May 17, 2022

John Skjeveland and Michael Wynne
Appointed as the USA Cycling Team Managers

USDCA is proud to welcome new team managers for the road and mountain bike teams: John Skjeveland from Washington, D.C. and Michael Wynne from Austin, Texas. Please give them a warm welcome to the board of USDCA and we look forward to improving our collaboration and team efforts. Stay tuned for more updates!

Posted on June 14, 2020

Baer and Blake Across America

Conrad Baer and Albert Blake set a goal of reaching the West by biking across the America. They are now in Oregon and should finish by August 11. They weighed their bike 75 pounds. Huh! For more information, you can look up in Facebook at

Posted on August 6, 2019

Deaf Woman from Crimea

While Trevor Kosa prepared his training for his trip to the Tour of Formosa this November, he met a woman in the cycling race in the Washington state. Her name is Elis Topchaniuk. She is an 18-year-old born deaf and avid cyclist from Crimea. She and her family moved to Ukraine before they moved to Washington a year ago. For more information on her, please click on this link. here.

Posted on October 13, 2018

New ICSD President Announces

Dear athletes and members,

It is with pleasure that I inform you that ICSD met with representatives from the Federazione Sport Sordi Italia (FSSI), the Organising Committee of the 2019 Winter Deaflympics in Italy and that we agreed to proceed with signing of the hosting agreement for delivery of the Games . . .

Rebecca Adam
ICSD President

Posted on September 12, 2018

Bicycling across the country isn't easy

Three deaf college students did just that, and they arrived in Virginia Beach on August 6. Dakota Daniels, Jake Grindstaff and Gilwon Seo are Kappa Gamma fraternity brothers at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. They had a lifelong dream and made it happen.

On June 1 in Seattle, Washington, they started their bike journey across the country. They made stops in places like Indiana, Texas, and Kentucky, then finally in Virginia Beach. All of their friends and family were waiting for them at the end. High hands waving to them!

Posted on August 8, 2018

Tour of Formosa at Taiwan

John Klish - Trevor Kosa

The USA cycling team is invited to participate in the international cycling event known as the Tour de Formosa in Taiwan on November 3-12, 2018.  The following members of the USA cycling team are John Klish, Colorado and Trevor Kosa, Washington

Tom Murillo is the Team Manager.  They will have 7 stage races running all around the country.  The committee of the Taipei cycling organization will provide them meals, internal transportation and accommodations.  This type of stage race is excellent experience for them because it is at most sanctioned for the professional racing and international cycling event.  They are fortunate to grasp this great opportunity.  It will be about 100 miles each stage race across the varied terrains.  The first stage race will be a closed circuit around the heart of Taipei near where the Yangmingshan National Park is.

Posted on July 7, 2018

New Bike Trail at Night

The High Trestle Trail is 25 miles long from beginning to end when the bridge is over the Des Moines River Valley near Madrid in Iowa.  It has lights during the night with beautiful artwork over the bridge.  The lights are on from dusk until 9 pm in winter. In summer, they are on from dusk until midnight.   The video at the link runs 10 minutes.  You may drag as far as to the end of video to see the bike trail at night if you cannot wait.  Fantastic!

Please click on the following link for further information if interested.

Posted on September 11, 2016

Coaching Position Announcement

Coach for both the USA Deaf Cycling Team and
the Mountain Bike Team

Deadline: August 31, 2016 or until position filled

The United States Deaf Cycling Association (USDCA) is pleased to announce an opening for the coaching position for both USA Deaf Cycling team and Mountain Bike team, starting immediately. The coach's term will continue until the end of 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. He will be expected to participate in a 1 to 1 1/2 week training camp prior to the Deaflympics.

Please click on the following link for further information if interested.

Posted on August 15,2016

Scott Staubach

Scott Staubach said as follows: "My drive and passion for cycling is what makes me a better person, cyclist, father, husband and person as a whole, regardless of my deafness."

Why he rides:
Scott got into recreational mountain biking in 1996 as a 170-pound, pack-a-day smoker. After joining the Putney West Hill Shop club in Vermont, his newfound love of the sport paved the way for a healthier addiction – riding in the woods of New England. Weight loss and a competitive nature have kept him on two wheels for over a decade now.

Why he races:
Scott finished almost dead last in his first mountain bike race in 1997. That didn't stop him though. He went on to win many off-road events at the beginner and expert levels before making the switch to road cycling in 2001. His initial milestone in the sport was finishing his first category 5 road race in heavy rains and 50-degree temperatures in his hometown of Keene, New Hampsire. Now a category 1 racer, Scott rides for the Birmingham, Ala.-based regional team Cycling and is the 2008 Alabama State Cyclocross Champ in the 35+ division.

Excerpted from USA Cycling News

Posted on August 5,2016

John Wayne Video

Humorous Moment!
Please click on the image above

Posted on June 25, 2015

Sportsman of the Year Selected for 2014

John Klish had built his reputation with endurance events such as Xterra triathlons where he won the National Championship for his age group, showshoeing, randonee skiing, and mountain bike and cyclocross races. While doing all of this, Klish also built his own company for Deaf athletes, Deaflete, and is currently promoting cycling events locally in Colorado.

In the world of Deaf sports, Klish made quite the entrance at the Tour of Formosa (Taiwan) placing 6th while supporting our own Nicholas Schreiber to second place at the same stage race. John followed that up with an impressive Deaflympics debut in Sofia winning the gold in Points Race by a wide margin after surprising the field with a long range attack and holding it all the way to the end. Paul recalls his first impression upon meeting John at Sofia:

"Before I met him in person first time at Deaflympics at Sofia, Bulgaria, I heard about him racing the endurance events and mountain bike events but not road events. My first impression with him was his preparation, nutrition, supplements and strange exercising tools. He blew my mind out when he lapped a strong field in the Deaflympics point race!!"

However, it is at the most recent 2014 Tour of Formosa where Klish's racing acumen came to the forefront. Against possibly one of the strongest Deaf cycling field in recent history that was also combined with local hearing cyclists, John placed second. During the weeklong tactical race with each move being matched and countered, he was able to rely on his own patience and maximize his teammates to help him secure second place. Not only is he an excellent tactican on the bike (in all disciplines), he is also the Vice-President of US Deaf Cycling Association.

USADSF is thrilled to recognize John for his passion, commitment and contribution to his sport, as well for their success in 2014.

Excerpted from the USADSF Announcement

Posted on May 23, 2015

Ride of Silence

May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

Posted on May 18, 2015

History of the Deaflympic Games

The History of the Deaflympic Games book has just been published and is on sale.  It has 424 pages on it.  The illustrious book, among the other things, includes stories and photos of many outstanding USA cyclists and much more.

If you are interested in buying the book, you may contact Rafael Pinchas with this email address for further details.

Posted on May 16, 2015

Old Timer vs. Bikers of Today

Bobby Skedsmo, the Deaflympic Cyclist

The picture shows what Bobby had with him to the 1977 Deaflympics in Romania. He stayed in Europe for a month. After the games, he was on a tour to Spain and Morocco with Bob Morrison. This got him sick in his stomach because he did not see how he survived and accomplished in this way. He did never have a coach and team support. The cycling sport was still innocent and not popular in America until Greg LeMond became the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour of France in 1986.

The bikers of today have brung a lot of stuff and things with them to the world championships, Deaflympics and Tour of Formosa like the following items; allen key, pedal spanner, tubes (minimum 4), 1- spare tire, tire lever, multi-tool, torque key, chain breaker, trainer roller, zip ties, torque wrench (allen 4,5,6), air pump, spoke wrenches, backup wheels (2 wheel sets), backup batteries, cable cutter, cassette remover, cassettes (2 of each: 23x11 and 25x11), nutrition food, snacks (off-bike), 4-5 bottles, two jerseys, helmet, two bibs and bike case. Whoa, okay, that's enough!

Bobby brought only one good tube with sew-up kit, hairnet and minor tools. One water bottle! he still remember this good old days.

Posted on January 25, 2015

2014 Tour of Formosa

Click on the picture above to open a video ( YouTube )

Stage 1 - Taipei City Hall to Mt Yang-Ming - 6:30

Stage 2 - New Taipei to Taichung - 1:40

Stage 3 - Taichung to Tainan - 5:03

Stage 4 - Tainan to Pingtung - 2:19

Stage 5 - Pingtung to Taitung - 7:58

Stage 6 - Taitung to Hualien - 6:02

Rest Day - NCFTA at Wujie Township

Stage 7 - Yilan to Keelung - #1 - 7:18

Stage 7 - Yilan to Keelung - #2 - 8:49

Free Day - Taipei - 5:03

Posted on January 20, 2015

4th Tour de Formosa Update

Tour de Formosa - Paul Wood

Paul Wood, the USDCA cycling team coach, seeks any qualified and interested rider participating in the 4th Tour de Formosa in Taiwan this October 28 - November 6, 2014.

Posted on June 4, 2014


4th Tour de Formosa - Paul Wood

Tour de Formosa - Paul Wood

Paul Wood, the USDCA cycling team coach, seeks any qualified and interested rider participating in the 4th Tour de Formosa in Taiwan this October 28 - November 6, 2014.

Posted on April 21, 2014


4th Tour de Formosa

Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf would like to issue the 1st official bulletin about 2014 Tour de Formosa on October 28 - November 6, 2014.  This will be their fourth biennial international cycling event.  You must not miss this 7-stage race in 8 days.  You'd better contact your deaf sports federation for your wish to participate in the event.  

More information is found here.

For general information is found at

Posted on January 26, 2014


US Cycling Members for the Sofia Games

Clockwise: Paul Wood - John Klish - Raymonda Yeh - Lindsay Lorenz

We will miss Nick Schreiber as he will not be with us to the Sofia Games this summer due to family commitment.  He has five kids to take care of, but is still active in cycling competition at home.  Our other prime cyclists, Trevor Kosa and Patrick Sluyter, just had to resign the team due to lack of fundraising.  We are very sorry to miss them at the games.

Here, we are proudly announcing the finest USA cycling team members.  The new three riders, Raymonda Yeh and Lindsay Lorenz, will be the first female riders representing the USA cycling team at the Deaflympics and John Klish, who competed excellently at the Tour de Formosa last year, will be his first experience at the Deaflympics.  Paul Wood, a well known rider of international class, will act as a coach and rider for the team.  We wish them the best of luck at the Sofia Games this July 26 - August 4, 2013.

Posted on July 12, 2013

Tour of Formosa at Taiwan

Trevor Kosa - Bobby Skedsmo - Nick Schreiber

The USA cycling team is invited to participate in the international cycling event known as the Tour de Formosa in Taiwan on November 1-10, 2012. The following members of the USA cycling team are:

  • Nick Schreiber, Arizona
  • Trevor Kosa, Washington
  • John Klish, Colorado

    Bobby Skedsmo is the Team Director.  They will have 7 stage races running all around the country.  The committee of the Taipei cycling organization will provide them meals, internal transportation and accommodations.  This type of stage race is excellent experience for them because it is at most sanctioned for the professional racing and international cycling event.  They are fortunate to grasp this great opportunity.  It will be about 100 miles each stage race across the varied terrains.  The first stage race will be a closed circuit around the heart of Taipei near where the Yangmingshan National Park is.

    Posted on August 30, 2012

    John Klish of Colarado

    John Klish, 30, was born with bilateral hearing loss, in other words, profoundly deaf.  He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in mechanical engineering while racing on the collegiate cycling team.  However, in October 2005, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, putting both his career and cycling aspirations on hold.  Following surgeries and chemotherapy, he went into remission April 2006, and he quickly picked up where he left off in his endeavors.

    Moving to the mountain community of Eagle in Colorado, Klish worked as a road engineer while honing his mountain bike racing on the area's alpine trails.  His breakthrough season came in 2010, during which he entered 26 races and climbed the podium in 23 of them.  It was during this summer that Klish began competing in triathlons and picked up a new addiction, XTERRAs, or off-road triathlons.  He won the XTERRA National Championships for his age group that year in Ogden, Utah.

    More information at his website.  Klish is now with the USA cycling team to the Tour of Formosa this November.

    Posted on August 29, 2012

    Smashing Success

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    This 7th Coffee Bike Ride came to the end with a smashing success.

    The California Deaf Wheelers (CDW) (San Francisco Bay area) inaugurated its first "Coffee Bike Ride" at the Iron Horse Regional Trail between Dublin and Danville last April.  After completing the full length of the ride, many participants strongly agreed that it was perfectly designed for anyone.  For the next 6 months, we had a good number of participants each month.  They want more rides next year.

    Posted on October 31, 2011

    d-VELO at the Coffee
    Photo Credit: Ralph Fernandez
    The dVELO had chatting time at the coffee parlor.

    The dVELO (Washington DC Metro) have promoted many bike rides since its founding and recruited a large number of members for the USDCA.  They have hosted a prestigious bike ride at the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York every year. Last May, a Gallaudet University president rode his bike with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the deaf community.  A total of 51 participants (45 adults and 6 children) rode their bikes through Washington DC.  The purpose of the ride was to raise funds for the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA).  Waving hands to the dVELO!

    Posted on November 1, 2011

    Paul Wood Rolling up his Sleeves

    Paul Wood would like to give his account on the long term goal as the USA cycling team coach. He pleads you to subscribe his YouTube if interested. Be sure to check the box that will keep you posted when his new video becomes available. He has new email address:

    For more information, find his Coach's Page on the left-side panel.

    Posted on November 20, 2010

    Paul Wood Appointed as the USA Cycling Team Coach

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    The USA Deaf Sports Federation held its Executive Board meeting and approved our recommendation to appoint Paul Wood as our USA cycling coach for the 2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships and 2013 Deaflympic Games which will take place in Montreal, Canada and Athens, Greece respectively. Please convey your congratulations to Paul Wood and wish him and his bikers nothing but the best in Canada and Athens!

    Posted on October 15, 2010

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