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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.

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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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