A short introduction to Tristen Chernove. I was first introduced to Tristen a few months ago when he came for a bike fit through Andy Froncioni and Alphamantis Technologies and Cycling Canada. Tristen was diagnosed in 2009 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which was affecting his lower legs. CMT, a little-known hereditary disorder that affects the nervous system, produces muscular dystrophy symptoms. Undeterred, Chernove threw himself into cycling as a way to combat the disease.
Tristens impairment puts him in the C2 class of paralympic competition. Sport class C1 is allocated to athletes with the most severe activity limitation, while the sport class C5 is allocated to athletes who meet the minimum impairment criteria.
This past March in his first track worlds para-level race Tristen captured the men’s C2 individual pursuit title in a time of three minutes 43.609 seconds, nearly five seconds ahead of his closest opponent, Colin Lynch of Ireland. Then, in his first individual pursuit, 2 days later, won the 1,000-metre time trial in one minute 13.279 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of silver medallist Xie Hao of China, the defending champion! These wins ensured Tristen’s nomination to the Canadian Para-Cycling team bound for Rio Olympics in September.
Tristen followed up the track wins with two more victories at the World Cup road event in Belgium in May.
In his spare time Tristen is executive director of Canadian Rockies International Airport and Elevate Airports Inc.
Cycling domination and athleticism aside, Tristen is an amazing humble, nice person and was a joy to work with and optimize on the bike. As we lead up to the biggest event in para-cycling the Rio Olympics, I find I cannot wait to watch the coverage of Tristen and see him become a gold medallist. On the other hand, it doesn’t really matter if he wins or not, he is a already a winner and a role model. He has already inspired me to be the best I can be no matter my own limitations.