Joe Papp (born 25 May 1975) is an American ex-professional racing cyclist. He holds dual Irish-USA citizenship, and his Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) license (#USA19750525) affiliates him with the USA Cycling. Throughout his career Papp represented the US National Team, and in 2006 competed for the Italian teams Partizan-Whistle and Team Bianchi-Cinghiale, and Hong Kong-based squad Champion System. From 2001-2005, he rode for various incarnations of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/America’s Cycling Team (UPMC-ACT), in addition to Chilean squad La Polar. From 1994-1996 Papp was a member of the Pittsburgh Power, a professional team in the National Cycle League owned by former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, and in 1995 Papp rode with Montgomery-Bell, the team that would evolve into the US Postal Service squad of Lance Armstrong. He is also a widely-read cycling author, writing extensively about his experiences in the professional peloton, and was a featured diarist for the cycling news website cyclingnews.com. Papp has also written training advice columns, product reviews, and route guides for biking in Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in print in such publications as VeloNews, Winning Bicycle Racing Illustrated, The Ride Magazine, Bike Culture and Cycling Times.
Papp has a BA in History (summa cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and graduate student in Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy (2000-2001). He has delivered guest lectures at Chatham University and Slippery Rock University on the topics of supplement use by athletes and gene-doping, and is currently pursuing an MBA there. Papp married champion Cuban cyclist Yuliet Rodríguez Jiménez in October 2004, but has been separated from her since December 2006. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, travel, spending time with friends and family and keeping abreast of international affairs.
In the aftermath of his suspension from competition, Papp began speaking publicly about the dangers of doping. In August 2007, he addressed a South Florida high school coaches conference, and has been quoted in Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times. Papp also appeared as a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” radio program and was featured in the June 2008 issue of Outside Magazine. Papp never retired from cycling, and as such he remains a member of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s Out-of-Competition (OOC) testing pool. Papp must submit quarterly Athlete Location Forms (ALF) that list his physical whereabouts should USADA wish to subject him to a surprise doping control. Papp is also a member of UCI’s Whereabouts Testing Pool, and had no “Missed Tests” declared against him during the period in which he was ineligible to compete.