U.S. Paralympics Cycling Wins 11 Medals At Road World Championships

By Olivia Truby | Sept. 03, 2017, 12:41 p.m. (ET)

 Will Groulx claims three silver medals at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

  • U.S. athletes win three gold medals at 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

  • Shawn Morelli returns home with two world titles in the C4 time trial and road race


PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Team USA put on a dominant performance as they closed out the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, winning two gold medals and one silver medal on the final day of competition. U.S. athletes claimed 11 medals overall, including three golds, six silvers and two bronzes.

Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) returns home with two rainbow jerseys after successfully defending her titles in the C4 time trial and road race, bringing her career world wins to eight. Improving from her third-place finish at the 2015 road world championships, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) also raced to the top of the podium to win the C2 road race and claim the 10th world title of her cycling career.

The team handcycle relay of Matt Updike (Denver, Colorado), Freddie de los Santos (Hopewell Junction, New York) and Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon) combined for the silver medal on the final day of competition. Groulx additionally picked up a pair of individual silvers in both the time trial and road race. Also adding silver to their resumes was Ryan Boyle (T2/Monroe, Connecticut), Jill Walsh (T2/Syracuse, New York) and Sam Bosco (C5/Upland, California) in the time trial races.

Walsh added another medal from the world championships to her collection, with bronze in the T2 road race. Rounding out Team USA’s medal haul was Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, New York) with a bronze in the C1 time trial.


MEDALS
Shawn Morelli - C4 time trial - gold - 36:48.39
Shawn Morelli - C4 road race - gold - 1:42.15
Allison Jones - C2 road race - gold - 1:30.44
Ryan Boyle - T2 time trial - silver - 27:57.17
Jill Walsh - T2 time trial - silver - 33:11.05
Will Groulx - H2 time trial - silver - 29:25.63
Will Groulx - H2 road race - silver - 1:21.25
Sam Bosco - C5 time trial - silver - 36:49.97
Matt Updike, Will Groulx and Freddie de los Santos - team relay - silver - 16:37.
Billy Lister - C1 time trial - bronze - 37:02.31
Jill Walsh - T2 road race - bronze - 52:10

TOP-10 FINISHES

3rd place: Allison Jones - C2 time trial
4th place: Aaron Keith - C2 time trial
4th place: Monica Sereda - T2 time trial
4th place: Jamie Whitmore - C3 time trial
4th place: Jamie Whitmore - C3 road race
4th place: Aaron Keith - C2 road race
6th place: Shawn Cheshire and Tela Crane  - Women's Tandem road race
5th place: Freddie de los Santos - H5 time trial
5th place: Ryan Boyle - T2 road race
6th place: Freddie de los Santos - H5 road race
6th place: Sam Bosco - C5 road race
6th place: Shawn Cheshire and Tela Crane  - Women's Tandem time trial
7th place: Jennifer Schuble - C5 time trial
7th place: David Berling - H5 road race
8th place: Todd Key - C1 time trial
8th place: David Berling - H5 time trial
9th place: Thomas Davis - H4 road race
9th place: Billy Lister - C1 road race
10th place: Todd Key - C1 road race

QUOTES
Allison Jones

"The tenth world championship was an amazing feat today. It was a good course, hilly, good competition, and it was cool to see the top-of-the-world athletes all in one place down in the bottom of the world. We’re having a good time in Pietermaritzburg. Pietermaritzburg put on a very good competition."

Ian Lawless, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Cycling.
"
We had a great world championships despite some mechanical issues and technical courses that caused problems. Ultimately, we are happy with the outcome of 11 medals, including three world titles. Some really good performances from new athletes and some veteran athletes. A building year for Team USA, but we are leaving South Africa with 11 medals, which is fantastic for the team and I think for our athletes, and is a great way to start off the quad as we look forward to Tokyo 2020."

RESULTS
Full results from the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships can be found here.