By Paul D. Bowker | March 27, 2015, 1:52 a.m. (ET)
Jennifer Schuble competes in cycling at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. 

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Defending world champion Jamie Whitmore is among 16 U.S. athletes racing at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Whitmore will defend her world titles in the 500-meter time trial and 3-kilometer pursuit in the C3 class.

Returning 2014 world medalists on the U.S. team include eight-time Paralympic medalist Allison Jones, Joe Berenyi, Jennifer Schuble, Greta Neimanas, and the 2012 Paralympic Games team of Clark Rachfal and pilot Dave Swanson.

“Coming in as the No. 1-ranked team in the world puts us in a great position to build on last year’s performance (nine medals) and put more athletes on the top of the podium,” said Ian Lawless, U.S. Paralympic Cycling high performance director. “I think we have a fantastic group to do it.“

Others on the team: Megan Fisher, Samantha Heinrich, Aaron Keith, Steve Kelly, Todd Key, Scott Martin, Shawn Morelli, Chris Murphy and Justin Widhalm. Key and Morelli won two events at the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Open in February, and Widhalm swept his men’s C4 races.

The competition goes through Sunday.

Berenyi and Whitmore kicked off the event on a high note for Team USA, earning time trial world titles on Day 1, while Jones took time trial bronze.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.