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History of Deaf Olympians

Front cover and back cover

Here is for your information, there is a new book publication that has been released. It is all about the Deaf athletes who have participated in the regular Olympic Games since 1896. There were 143,862 athletes, but only 30 athletes were Deaf Olympians. So this is the first-ever book about Deaf Olympians since the Olympic Games started in 1896.

For details to order the book, please contact  Cost: $34.95

More information at this link.

Posted on July 15, 2019

14th World Deaf Cycling Championships

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Hello! My name is Paul Wood, new ICSD Technical Director for road cycling and mountain bike (Men and Women).  I am motivated to work for ICSD from now to the future.  Now, I want to inform you all that Turkish Deaf Sports Federation is now preparing the bid for 2019 World Deaf Cycling Championships (WDCC) for Men/Women (road cycling only).  There will be no mountain bike events.

There will be four road cycling events (1000-meter match sprint, individual time trial, 100-kilometer road race, and 50-kilometer point race).  The Championships will take place from 26 October to 2 November 2019 in Gaziantep, Turkey.  ICSD office sent out information on the 2019 WDCC to all Deaf Sports Federations.  Now, Turkish Deaf Sports Federation wants to know how many countries can or will send their cycling athletes to the World Championships.  Then they can proceed with the financial budget better.  If you (cycling athletes) want to participate, please inform your Deaf Sports Federation.  Your Deaf Sports Federation should email to ICSD office that your country will participate in or not.

The deadline for reporting to the ICSD office is 10 May, 2019.  ICSD and Turkish Deaf Sports Federation will review the number of participants and decide whether to host or not. It is time of essence. Please do it NOW.  Thank you.

Posted on May 5, 2019 - Revised on July 2, 2019

Revisiting the 4th World Deaf Cycling Championships

Found some more pictures of the world deaf cycling championships (WDCC) way back to 1968. This picture was taken place in Villafranca, Italy in 1974.

The winners of the 1000-meter sprint are as follows:
L-R: Tiziano PICCOLI, Italy - Miro JERMAN, Yugoslavia (Slovenia) - FRIGGI, Italy - BEDIN, Italy

Please send me any more pictures of the past WDCC to

Here is a history of WDCC results at

Posted on January 12, 2019

Deaflympics Logo

Jurgen Endress, TD for basketball from Germany presents an excellent description of what the logo represents in universal sign language. The logo, designed in 2003 by graphic design artist Ralph Fernandez, is a positive and powerful symbol of the international deaf sports community. It ties together strong elements: Sign language, deaf and international cultures, unity and continuity.

Posted on August 8, 2017

Two-Wheel Biking is My Passion

Two-wheel biking is Bobby Skedsmo's passion.  A video shows his earliest times on the bike and motorcycle.  He continues to challenge his passion and new endeavors in riding the bike.

Posted on December 29, 2016

Results of 18th European Deaf Cycling Championships

Sprint Winners: Dmitry ROZANOV (RUS) - Steve TOUBOUL (FRA) - Adrian BABIC (SLO)

The promotion of 8th European Deaf Cycling Championships was successful with good results. It was taken place in Brugge/Eeklo on August 13-21, 2016.

Results of all events at:

History of European Deaf Cycling Championships

For more information at:

Posted on September 11, 2016

18th European Deaf Cycling Championships

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The Belgian Deaf Sport Committee and the Organizing Committee for the ECDCC 2016 present our first announcement for the 8th European Deaf Cycling Championships to be held in Brugge & Eeklo on August 13-21, 2016.

For more information at: and

Posted on August 8, 2016

Results of the Deaf Europe Mountain Bike Cup

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Jean-Pierre Fauconnier of Belgium shared information with the readers about the results of the events at the Deaf Europe Mountain Bike Cup that took place in Slovakia on May 27-29, 2016.

Posted on June 10, 2016

Deaf Europe Mountain Bike Cup in Slovakia - Video

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The mountain bike events took place in Slovakia on May 27-29, 2016.  More information at Mountain Bike Events.

Posted on June 3, 2016

Deaf Mountain Bike Europa Cup 2016

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Deaf Mountain Bike Europa Cup 2016 will be taken place in Kalnica, Slovakia near Trencin on May 27-29, 2016. The events for both men and women will be XCE (Eliminator), XCM (Marathon) and XCT (Uphill).

Posted on November 18, 2015

John Wayne Video

Humorous Moment!
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Posted on June 25, 2015

History of the Deaflympic Games

The History of the Deaflympic Games book has just been published and is on sale.  It has 424 pages on it.  The illustrious book, among the other things, includes stories and photos of many outstanding USA cyclists and much more.

If you are interested in buying the book, you may contact Rafael Pinchas with this email address for further details.

Posted on May 16, 2015

Deaf MtB Europe Cup

Information on new Deaf Europe Cup

Posted on December 26, 2014

2014 Tour of Formosa - Videos

Stage 1 - Taipei City Hall to Mt Yang-Ming - 6:30

Stage 2 - New Taipei to Taichung - 1:40

Stage 3 - Taichung to Tainan - 5:03

Stage 4 - Tainan to Pingtung - 2:19

Stage 5 - Pingtung to Taitung - 7:58

Stage 6 - Taitung to Hualien - 6:02

Rest Day - NCFTA at Wujie Township

Stage 7 - Yilan to Keelung - #1 - 7:18

Stage 7 - Yilan to Keelung - #2 - 8:49

Free Day - Taipei - 5:03

Posted on December 26, 2014

2014 Tour of Formosa

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Posted on December 18, 2014

2014 Tour of Formosa

Dmitry Rozanov from Russia won the championship at the 4th Tour of Formosa. The tour was an international deaf cycling competition in Taiwan hosted by the Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf.

Eight countries participated in this tour.  Participating nations included Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan and USA.

See complete results at this link

Posted on November 28, 2014

5th Belgium Deaf Mountain Bike Championships

On behalf of international deaf community, we would like to give Jean-pierre Fauconnier a five high praise for his endeavors to promote the deaf cycling events for the last several years. Keep up the good work! We believe that Uzeel Bart may be behind him in a way.

Belgium Deaf Mountain Bike Championship being held in Cuesmes, Hainaut, Belgium on October 4, 2014. General information.  Results

Posted on October 5, 2014


3rd European Deaf Mountain Bike Championships

Ksenia KALIBINA - Isabella-Sophie BOBERG - Renate TELSER

XCM Cross Country Marathon Championship being held in Kirchberg, Austria on June 28, 2014. General information is found here.  Photos  Results

Posted on June 29, 2014


4th Tour de Formosa

Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf would like to issue the 1st official bulletin about 2014 Tour de Formosa on October 28 - November 6, 2014.  This will be their fourth biennial international cycling event.  You must not miss this 7-stage race in 8 days.  You'd better contact your deaf sports federation for your wish to participate in the event.  

More information is found here.

For general information is found at

Posted on January 26, 2014


Then and Now

The picture was taken during the 11th World Deaf Cycling Championships in Pont-a-Marcq, France in the year 1995.  They were Gerald Mielke-Weyel (GER) - Paul Wood (USA) - Roberto Malacarne (ITA).  They just met each others again at the Sofia Games.  That was cool reunion.

Posted on August 5, 2013

Cycling Events in 2013 Deaflympics Update

In this video, Ralph Fernandez, the Technical Director for the Cycling Road and Mountain Bike events explains the status of cycling in the Deaflympics 2013.

Posted on July 14 2013 by Ralph Fernandez via dVELO

Czech Republic Mountain Bike Championships

The Czech Republic Mountain Bike Championships took place near Olomouc in Czech Republic on June 22. Nine (9) deaf cyclists from all over the Czech Republic country participated in the championships of hearing mountain bike race.

Posted on June 29, 2013

2nd Deaf Mountain Bike Cup in Trento, Italy

The 2nd Deaf Mountain Bike Cup took place in Trento, Italy on June 8-9.  The general classification and results are found at the following links:

Posted on June 20, 2013

2013 Czech Mountain Bike Championships

Jean-Pierre Fauconnier of Belgium would like to share information with you about the promotion of Deaf Mountain Bike Championships that will take place near Olomouc, Czech on June 22, 2013.  Please click on this link for more information.
Czech Mountain Bike Championships

On-line registration:

Posted on April 15, 2013

2012 Tour of Formosa

Steeve Touboul from France won the third Tour de Formosa. The Tour was an international deaf cycling competition in Taiwan hosted by the Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf.

Eleven countries participated in the Tour. Participating nations included Australia, Belgium the Czech Republic, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and USA.

Marketa Spilkova from Czech has video about the Tour in two languages: Czech Sign Language and International Sign. Jean-Pierre Fauconnier from Belgium who participated in the Tour created a video for his cycling friends.

See complete results at this link

Posted on December 23, 2012 by Ralph Fernandez via dVELO

2012 Tour de Formosa Update

Tour de Formosa Update

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Ralph Fernandez via dVELO

Cycling Events in Deaflympics 2013

Deaflympics 2013

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Ralph Fernandez via dVELO

2012 Tour de Formosa

Ralph Fernandez (ICSD TD for Cycling) would like to share with you about an email that the Chinese Taipei Sports Association for the Deaf had sent out internationally.  Good news about what it said!  Taiwan has confirmed that it will be hosting the third around-the-island Tour de Formosa!  This tour can be compared as a smaller version of the Tour de France.

The Tour de Formosa will be held in November, an ideal time when the weather is cooler.  It will consist of seven stages, meaning a week-long race around the island.  Really awesome!

Taiwan will cover all of the costs (flight, transportation, meals, rooming, etc.) for cyclists who had won gold in the road cycling events at the recent World Deaf Cycling Championship (WDCC) in Canada.  As for the rest of cyclists, including teams, from any country, Taiwan will cover the costs of meals and rooming.  That is still quite a great deal!

Now, if any of you are wondering if the tour is worth being part of . . . ABSOLUTELY!  I must tell you more about it while showing a few pictures.  See those beautiful mountains in the background as the peloton pedals by.  The next picture is of the cyclists riding at the edge of the island above the crashing sea.  Quite a mind-blowing experience being there.  In the last picture, see all of those support vehicles following the peloton.  Their service is just as superb as those aiding the Tour de France.  You must come and do it!

For further information about the Tour, please click on the links below for more details.  If you have any other questions, please contact the CTSAD.  See you there!

Tour de Formosa winners:
2012    ?
2010    ROZANOV Dmitry (RUS)
2008    SCHREIBER Nicholaus (USA)

Invitation | Competition Rules

Posted on March 6, 2012 by Ralph Fernandez dVELO

2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships Accomplished

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The 50-kilometer Points Race concluded the last of 7 cycling events during the week of June 10-15, 2011 at the Mont Tremblant about two hours northwest of Montreal.  We hailed the Canada for making this world deaf cycling championships possible for the deaf cycling community around the world.  18 countries participated in the seven events.  Everything was well prepared. Of this photo, two Russians worked together to capture the gold and silver in the 50K point race.  Dimitry Razanov (RUS) jumped into first place quickly when he broke away from the pack in the middle of the event and stayed solo for 16 laps, earning eight consecutive 5-point awards that assured him the gold medal. Please click Gallery and WDCC Results at the left panel.

Posted on June 18, 2011

2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships Update

ICSD TD Ralph Fernandez would like to share some information about the 2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships, confirmed for June 10-15.  The Canadian host organization has distributed information about the WDCC such as lists of individual races, hotel and transportation information, etc.  For further information, please go to the following links at: dVELO and ASSQ Website

Posted on March 22, 2011

2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships Update

Hello and Happy New Year!

Plans for the World Deaf Cycling Championships this coming June 10-15, 2011 are coming along well.  Members of the organization for the deaf hosting the WDCC, the Association Sportive des Sourds du Quebec (ASSQ), have been working with the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC) to plan the daily schedule of races.  They anticipate completing this shortly and as soon as the schedule is ready, it will be shared with you all.

Please continue to encourage females to participate in the WDCC.  Some females have indicated interest, and we are still seeking more.

Also, please send your audiograms in as soon as possible.  This is a key requirement for participation in the WDCC, and the sooner you send your audiogram in, the better.

See you there!
ICSD TD Ralph Fernandez

Posted on January 13, 2011

2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships

Time is drawing near for the 13th World Deaf Cycling Championships in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.  It will take place on June 10-15, 2011.  Please find more information at the ASSQ Website.

Posted on January 7, 2011

2010 Tour de Formosa

Ralph Fernandez, ICSD Technical Director, compiled an excellent result of the Tour de Formosa on October 31 - November 6, 2010 at

He also gave a journal of what happened during the stage race at

Posted on December 31, 2010

Preliminary Registration for WDCC in Canada

Note:    The form is to be filled out by the Deaf Sports Federation only.

Friendly Reminder - Preliminary Registration Form for country
PDF Form to fill out here
Deadline Date: September 30th, 2010

Rappel Amical - Formulaire d'inscription Préliminaire pour les Pays
PDF Form to fill out here
Date Limite: 30 Septembre 2010

Alain Turpin
Chairperson WDCC 2011
Responsable du Comité Organisateur CMVS2011

Venue Inspection at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

Ralph Fernandez, Technical Director for the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, gives a summary of his site inspection of the 2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships site in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

For more information about the championships, go to

New Technical Director Appointed

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Congratulations to Ralph!  We are so pleased to hear of ICSD's new appointed Technical Director for Cycling and he is Ralph Fernandez.  He has excellent background and knowledge about cycling due to his experience as a member of cycling team and coach for a long time.  His willingness to volunteer his time and effort, as well as knowledge, will no doubt be of assets to the post.  He is ready to do his duty as the Technical Director in disciplines; road cycling and mountain biking at the upcoming 13rd World Deaf Cycling Championships at Montreal, Canada this June 2011.

2010 Tour de Formosa

Dear ICSD's fellow members

Hello, everybody!

Please read information on "2010 Tour de Formosa" below again.  There are links of application and rules.  We still plan to have it for you from October 29 to November 7, 2010 at Taiwan.  Try to get things moving on with your plan for this excellent tour.

You can view the race route and map at the following link:
Routes and Maps

Please contact Jao Jui-Huang at  for questions.

Kind regards
Jao Jui-Huang

New Technical Director Being Sought

The Taipei Games is already behind us. Bobby Skedsmo decided not to apply for another term as the TD position. He remembers how much he was looking forward to the Belgrade Games when he was a cyclist after the Washington Games as the runner. Time has passed many Summer Deaflympics since then. It has been 44 years since he became involved in the Deaflympics movement. He has seen and known many different leaders and delegates during my tenure as the athlete, coach and technical director. He enjoys this experience very much. He is grateful to have an unprecedented support from the old AAAD and now USADSF, Belsky, Scoggins and Fleischer with Lamberton. He has informed everyone but like to make this official that he does not wish to continue the role of technical director at the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Athens. Come to think of it he has never had the experience of being a spectator at any Summer Deaflympics. He thinks it will be a good time for him to sit back and enjoy himself at any venue.

2010 Tour de Formosa

2009 Deaflympic Games has been successfully concluded, and everyone would go back to their respective homes safely. Chinese Taipei continued hearing-impaired movement on the global community to provide services and continuous contribution to the effort, it was decided in 2010 October 29 to November 7, organized by Tour de Formosa tournament race, welcomed the hearing-impaired cyclist countries to attend.   More . . .

2011 World Deaf Cycling Championships Update

The 13th World Deaf Cycling Championships will take place at the Mount-Tremblant about 75 miles northwest of Montreal, Quebec in Canada. The event will take place during the month of June 2011 and the exact date will be announced.  More information will come later.

Three Crowns for France

Three Crowns for France

Three Crowns is a national emblem of Sweden that present in the Coat of Arms and the Swedish Air Force roundel, but this time I am talking about three French cyclists who have won three consecutive Summer Deaflympics in the road race event. I consider that the road race is the most prestigious race of any other cycling events because it has powerful display of vigor, along with the drive, determination and the skill tactics that have all key qualities of paramount to triumphing in the most prestigious cycling race. Out of the Blue, Bernard Barugola won the road race at the Rome Deaflympics. And again, David Cloux won the road race at the Melbourne Deaflympics. And this time, Steeve Touboul won it at the Taipei Summer Deaflympics. What secret did they have to accomplish this feat? Here is a big congratulation to the country, France.

Terence Parkin of South Africa

Terence Parkin had won the silver medal in his 200-meter breaststroke swimming event and finished fifth in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He had finished third place at the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships in San Francisco. And again he could manage his strategy to win the bronze medal at the Summer Deaflympics in Taipei for his feat as the cyclist right after he had won the gold medal at his swimming event. It is something about him. He had the stamina and knew how to win two different sports. Here is high five for Terence with thunderous applause!

Venue Inspection at Taipei

The mascot of 2009 Taipei Games

Bobby Skedsmo, ICSD Technical Director, visited Taipei, Taiwan for a cycling venue inspection on October 5-10, 2008.  Note the mascot of 2009 Taipei Games.  For more information, please click on this link:
Report of the venue inspection.  


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