Clara Brown competes during the bronze-medal race for the women's C1-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 25, 2021 in Izu, Japan.
Three U.S. cyclists, including world cup newcomer Kate Brim, scored double victories in the season’s final UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup this past weekend.
A 23-year-old native of Lowell, Michigan, who began competing just last year, Brim won gold medals in both the women’s individual time trial and road race H2 in her world cup debut in Quebec City.
Samantha Bosco, a two-time medalist in the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, completed a sweep of this season’s world cup races with wins in the women’s time trial and road race C4.
Joining the double-gold party was Clara Brown, a 2020 Paralympian who won both events in the women’s C3 class.
Six U.S. cyclists combined to win 10 medals over four days of competition from Thursday through Sunday. The world cup was the last competition prior to the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, which take place Aug. 11-14 in Baie-Comeau, Quebec.
Brim, a handcyclist, made the U.S. national team after strong performances in the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships last month in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since then, she was training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Sarah Hammer-Kroening, a four-time Olympic medalist.
“Of all the athletes I’ve come across kind of in that beginning phase, she has some of the most grit and determination that I’ve seen so far,” Hammer-Kroening told woodtv.com of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Brim won the time trial Thursday, the first day of competition, and followed up with a road race victory Saturday in a winning time of 1 hour, 27 minutes, 49 seconds.
Bosco went six-for-six in winning time trials and road races at all three world cups this year. After winning two Paralympic bronze medals in 2016, she missed last year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo due to an injury.
She won Sunday’s road race C4 with a time of 1:48:47.
Brown, a two-time world champion, won the women’s road race C3 with a time of 1:32:56 Sunday after winning the time trial Friday.
Two-time Paralympic medalist Jamie Whitmore won bronze medals in the women’s time trial and road race C3.
Also capturing bronze medals were two-time Paralympian Freddie De Los Santos in the men’s time trial H5 and world cup points leader John Terrell in men’s time trial C4. Terrell finished sixth in the road race.
Allison Jones, a cycling and alpine skiing Paralympian who has won eight medals in eight Paralympic Games and recently came out of retirement, just missed the podium with fourth-place finishes in both the time trial and road race C2.