Aaron Keith competing during the men's C1 time trial at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on Sept. 12, 2019 in Emmen, Netherlands.
EMMEN, NETHERLANDS – Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington) captured his first world title since 2014 in the men’s C1 individual time trial, leading Team USA to a trio of medals on the second day of competition at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands.
Highlights From Road Cycling
Back On Top – Five years after his last world title, Keith earned his second-ever rainbow jersey in the men’s C1 time trial, crossing the finish line in 29:30.71 to win Team USA’s first gold medal of the competition. Keith was re-classified from a C2 to a C1 at this event, winning his first competition in his new class.
Bronze For Brown – Less than a week after an impressive four-medal performance at the 2019 Parapan American Games, Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) was back on the podium at the road world championships. In Emmen, she captured her first world championship medal in her opening race with bronze in the women’s C3 time trial.
Maintaining Momentum – Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) won her 14th world championships medal and eighth on the road with a silver-medal finish in the women’s C4 time trial. Morelli has been dominant in road world championship competition but incurred her first loss in the time trial since 2014 in Emmen after finishing second to Australia’s Emily Petricola.
Team USA Results
Overall: 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
Time Trial (Sept. 12): 3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Gold (1): Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) – MC1 (29:30.71)
Silver (1): Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pa.) – WC4 (31:28.38)
Bronze (1): Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) – WC3 (32:46.46)
Athletes in the men’s and women’s B and the men’s C3-5 completed three laps for a distance of 31.2-kilometers while athletes in the men’s C1-2 and women’s C1-5 classes raced two laps for a distance of 20.8km. Full results can be foundat this link.
“It’s been a long time since I won my last world championship in 2014 so it’s sweet because the first one I didn’t appreciate as much, so I definitely value this one a lot. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work to get to this level and stay here so it’s been a tough journey but well worth it.”
“I am so, so excited. It was an awesome two weeks in Lima. I had some tough goals to set and make here and I’m really excited with how I did. It was mostly personal goals – I wasn’t really trying to go for placement – so to end up on the podium is really awesome. I don’t even have another adjective for it.”
Time trial competition continues on Friday with the T1-2 and H1-5 classes, including Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) and Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut) who are seeking to begin their world championship campaign by defending their time trial world titles in the women’s and men’s T2 classes, respectively.