Name: Mackenzie Woodring
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling, Track Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Position: Pilot
Classification: Tandem
Height: 5-8
Weight: 138
DOB: 2/16/1979
Birthplace: Muskegon, Mich.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
College: Ferris State University '01, Product Design Engineering
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2008, 2016); Three-time medalist (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (road time trial), silver (road race), bronze (pursuit)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – Track – 7th (pursuit), 11th (time trial)
  • Years of Participation: Track – 2009, 2016; Road – 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Medals: 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Gold – 2009 (pursuit, road race, road time trial)
  • Silver – 2009 (track time trial)
Personal: Mackenzie Woodring discovered cycling on the mountain bike trails of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was originally only riding for fitness. When she started tandem cycling as a pilot for Karissa Whitsell, however, her goals grew bigger. Woodring and Whitsell took home a gold, silver and bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and followed that up with two wins in the road race and time trial at the 2009 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Bogogno, Italy. While Whitsell had been competing with various guides for 11 years, Woodring was the first guide to race with Whitsell to a world championship title. Woodring is a member of the Priority Health Cycling Team. In addition to para-cycling with Whitsell, Woodring competes individually in road races and cyclocross.