Hometown: Carmel Valley, Calif.

Will Chesebro’s love for cycling began as he leisurely would ride to and from his friends’ houses while growing up in Carmel Valley, Calif. As the love grew, Cheesbro began his ascension toward being one of the nation’s top up-and-coming Para-cyclists.

After riding recreationally on road bikes to prepare for 24-hour road marathons, Chesebro began racing road bikes when he arrived at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2007. There, he met former Paralympic cycling coach Adam Duvendeck, who introduced Chesebro to Paralymic cycling. After he attended a developmental camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in 2009, he competed in the National Track Championships . He steadily improved, enough to make the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Montichari, Italy.

At the Track World Championships, Chesebro finished seventh  in both the 3km pursuit (C3) and the 1000m time trial (C3). He then won a gold and silver medal at the 2011 Elite Track National Championships in Los Angeles.

Chesebro is currently studying biology at California-Santa Barbara. He enjoys winemaking and hopes to be a winemaker for a living once he is finished cycling. He also enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors and traveling.

Chesebro had a stroke when he was born, which resulted in cerebral palsy in both his left arm and leg.

Major Accomplishments:

  • 2011: Gold medal, 1000m time trial (C3), Silver medal, Individual pursuit (C3), 2011 Elite Track Cycling Championships; Carson, Calif.
  • 2011: U.S. Team member - UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy