MATANE, Quebec – U.S. Paralympics cyclists finished the world cup circuit in spectacular fashion, winning 25 total medals at the International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals over the weekend in Matane, Quebec, Canada, to top second place Italy by 11 medals. The appearance is the most medal rich performance that U.S. Paralympics has had at an international road cycling competition.
Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) was crowned the overall champion in the women’s H3 classification while teammate Jamie Whitmore (Sacramento, Calif.), a newcomer to paracycling, won the overall title in women’s C3. The U.S. handcycle relay team also claimed the overall world cup title, sealed by a second place performance in Matane.
Fourteen athletes won individual gold medals, preparing Team USA well for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, which are Aug. 29-Sept. 2 in Baie-Comeau, Canada.
In the women’s time trial events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals, Basico won the H3, Muffy Davis (Sun Valley, Idaho/Salt Lake City, Utah) won the H2, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the C2, Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga.) won the H1, Greta Neimanas (Chicago, Ill./Ashville, N.C.) won the H5 and Whitmore won the H3. The U.S. women were also victorious in the road races with Basico winning H3, Sam Heinrich winning C5, Jones winning C2, Mitchell winning H1 and Whitmore winning C3.
Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.), U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) and Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) won the C3, H1 and C2 time trial races, respectively.
Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jeffrey Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) added silver medals to Team USA’s tally, placing second in the women’s C5 and the men’s C4 time trial races. Groulx added a silver in the men’s H1 road race.
Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.) claimed a bronze in the women’s H2 time trial while Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) took third in the C4. In the men’s time trials, William Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.) and U.S. Navy veteran Steven Peace (Albion, Mich.) claimed bronze medals in the H2 and T2 races, respectively.
On the road, three bronzes were claimed by U.S. women: Dana in H2, Fisher in C4 and C5.
Next up for the cycling team is the world championships. Team USA, which includes 12 male athletes and 15 female athletes, was named based on performances at the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Race National Championships in Madison, Wis., on July 4.
U.S. roster for 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
*Denotes U.S. Paralympians