Stu Carter is the “Father” of the AF Cycling Team (AFCT)
In 1995 after moving to Offutt AFB from Izmir, Turkey, he was a member of the inaugural AF Cycling Team, called “Team Aim High.” Started by the Air Force recruiters, in Bellevue, NE, the team grew from 28 riders in the 1995 to over 100 riders in 1997. After the RAGBRAI in 1997, the USAF recruiters withdrew management and financial support of the team-in effect they killed the team. Stu stepped in, created a Tax Free Organization with the IRS, and garnered official AF sanctioning and sponsorship by then Air Force Secretary, The Honorable Dr. Sheila E. Widnall, and later by the next SECAF, the Honorable F. Whitten Peters. Both SECAF Widnall and SECAF Peters were AFCT riders. Stu institutionalized the AF Team, built it to what it is today, and was its Executive Director for 6-years. He still provides continuity, advice and lessons learned to the AFCT Team Director today.
Lt Col Stu Carter retired from the USAF on 1 Feb 01 after 30-years service. He had a heart attack after a training ride on 3 Mar 01, surgery on 4 Mar, fully recovered in mid-Apr, trained over 1,100 miles in the next 90-days, and then led the AF team across Iowa in Jul 01 as the team’s Director. He never missed a beat.
Today, in his spare time, Stu ensures the AFCT grows in reputation and stature as the United States Military’s finest cycling team, and he ensures it lives up to the highest standards in representing the ideals of the Air Force way of life – “Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do!”
Stu has missed only two of the team’s past 15 RAGBRAI’s … Jul 02 and Jul 09. He will ride with the team again in Jul 10, making him the only person to ride 14 of the AFCT’s 16 RAGBRAIs. Stu is a Master’s Class USCF licensed road racer, excelling at time trials. He is still quick, fast and dedicated to physical fitness, the USAF and the AFCT.
Stu has the nicknames of “Cairo Joe” and the AFCT’s “Team Daddy”.