NAME: Tristen Chernove

AGE: 41

HOMETOWN: Cranbrook

BORN: Powell River

SPORT: Cycling

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2016 Paralympic gold medalist C2 road time trial
  • 2016 Paralympic silver medalist C2 3000m individual pursuit
  • 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist C2 1000m time trial
  • 2X 2016 World Champion, individual pursuit and 1000m time trial

DAY JOB: Manager and Operator, Canadian Rockies International Airport

Tristen Chernove

Chernove's day job is managing the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook. (Cranbrook.ca)

STORY: Chernove is a former competitive paddler who took up bike racing after being diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a degenerative condition of the lower legs with symptoms similar to muscular dystrophy. 

He chose cycling as a way to test the physical limits of his body after his diagnosis. 

The father of two says a lifetime of fitness helped him make a quick and successful transition to the sport.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Tristen Chernove

Tristen Chernove won Canada's second medal of the 2016 Rio Paralympics. (Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Chernove burst on to the para-cycling scene in January 2016, winning two gold medals in his Canadian track cycling debut. 

In 2001 he suffered a broken back while in Mexico. Chernove was thrown through the windshield of a bus he was traveling on when it crashed down a river bank. 

Tristian Chernove cycling kids camp

Chernove (left back row) pitched in at the Cycling BC's iRide summer kids' camp held last month in Burnaby and Coquitlam. (Cycling BC)