Photo: MK Wintz, front, pilots a tandem bike ahead of riding partner Hannah Chadwick, who is visually impaired and rides in the back “stroker” position. MK, who does not have a physical impairment, helps guide the bike through the track. MK Wintz was scrolling through social media in 2019, when a post for a week-long para-cycling program caught her eye. She decided to give it a try, and it led her to places she never imagined.
MK and her tandem partner recently competed for Team USA in the Para-cycling Track World Championships in France , where they clocked personal best times and finished in the Top 10 in each of their events. Her team at DICK’S has been rooting for her along the way and supporting her flexible work schedule so she can balance the rigors of training and competing at a world-class level while also making an impact in her career as an analyst.
In her first global competition with partner Hannah Chadwick of San Francisco, who rides in the back “stroker” position, the duo finished high in both the Sprint WB (fifth place) and the Time Trial WB (sixth place).
MK and her partner were the only tandem bicycle for Team USA. MK, who does not have a physical impairment, sits in the front or pilot position of the tandem bike as a guide. Hannah is visually impaired and works in concert with MK during training and road rides, as MK communicates changes in altitude, braking needs, gear shifts and […]
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