Katie Solbo pilots Kristin Fleschner on a Calfee Design custom candy apple red TT tandem during the Texas State Time Trial 40k. Both Katie and Kristin are in their drops with determined looks on their faces. Katie is wearing a light blue helmet and a light blue and black skinsuit. Kristin is wearing a white helmet and also has on a light blue and black long sleeved skin with the name Elevate going down her right leg. There is long brown grass in the fore and background of the photo and some trees line the grey sky.

PARACYCLING

Exercise was always important to Kristin and she quickly learned to run with a guide and cycle on a tandem after her vision loss. 

 

She always exercised with her dad before her vision loss, and the same was true after-- he was her first running guide and pilot. During Kristin's second year at Harvard Law, she took on the tandem and did the Ride Across Indiana, a One Day 160 Mile Ride. And during her final year at Harvard Law School, she ran the Boston Marathon.

Cycling was always her love and during the past two years, she had the chance to train at the Olympic Training Center with other blind athletes like Paralympic hopeful Michael Stephens and Stephanie Zundel during a tandem specific cycling camp.

 

Working with an amazing pilot, Liesel McAllister, Kristin went on to compete in the 2018 Para Road National Championships take gold in the road race and silver in the time trial. Kristin competed in several other races in the past year and her goal is to compete with Team USA in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

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Support Kristin on her journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!

Competing at this level takes a lot of dedication and it must be treated as a full time job. But, cycling competitively is an expensive sport, the right bicycle and wheels can shave seconds off your time. Travel to and from races is just one of the myriad of prohibitive costs. As a blind athlete this is doubly expensive. Kristin needs to cover some of these costs for not only herself, but also for her pilot. 

Between now and Tokyo 2020 we are asking you to be part of our team. We promise if you join us it will be an awesome ride! We see sports diplomacy as a powerful tool for the advocacy and the work we are already doing.

Thank you for helping me realize my dreams and continue to demonstrate that it is always possible to turn challenges into opportunities.

 

Please reach out to Kristin here for corporate sponsorship information.