Five more world titles claimed by U.S. para-cyclists

By Jamie M. Blanchard | Aug. 30, 2013, 11 p.m. (ET)
Allison JonesAllison Jones, shown at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, won a world title today in the time trial. 

BAIE-COMEAU, Quebec — It was another golden day for the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team at the 2013 International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, as Team USA claimed five world titles in time trial races. Through Day 2, the U.S. team has 10 medals (seven gold and three bronze) with six won today.

For the second straight day, the U.S. women stole the spotlight, opening the day with four consecutive world titles: Greta Neimanas (Chicago, Ill./Ashville, N.C.) in the women’s C5 time trial; Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) in the C4; Jamie Whitmore (Sacramento, Calif.) in the C3; and Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in the  C2. The U.S. did not have an entry in the women’s C1 time trial.

Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) also added to the medal haul with a bronze medal in the women’s C5.

On this day at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jones became the first U.S. medalist of the Games, as the six-time U.S. Paralympian claimed a bronze in track cycling. Fisher, who was making her debut as a U.S. Paralympian, later added a silver medal in the velodrome. Both went on to win gold medals in road cycling.

Also today in Baie-Comeau, Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) bounced back from a crash at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals finals last week, taking his first individual world title in the men’s C2 time trial. Keith, who works as a chiropractor while training, was proud to take the win with his father on hand to watch the race.

“This team is really coming together,” said Ian Lawless, the United States Olympic Committee’s high performance director for U.S. Paralympics cycling. “Our athletes know that when they arrive at the start line, they always have a shot at the win ― and they can back it up, evidenced by the medal count so far.”

Lawless took the reins of the program in June. Last month, Andy Sparks, a former USA Cycling track athlete and a coach at the Olympic Games, became the head cycling coach for U.S. Paralympics.

The world championships continue through Sept. 1. Fresh-off a 25 medal performance at the world cup finals, 27 American cyclists — including six U.S. military veterans who served with the Army, Marine Corps and Navy — are competing in Baie-Comeau based on performances at the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Race National Championships in Madison, Wis., on July 4.

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2068 or