U.S. para-cyclists Monica Bascio, Muffy Davis win road race golds

By Jamie M. Blanchard | Aug. 31, 2013, 11:30 p.m. (ET)
Muffy DavisMuffy Davis won her second world title of the International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships today. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she won three gold medals, including the individual time trial and road race.

BAIE-COMEAU, Quebec — U.S. Paralympics cyclists Monica Bascio and Muffy Davis won their second titles of the 2013 International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships today in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, adding road race victories to Thursday’s time trial wins. Team USA won four medals Saturday, bringing the team total to 14 (nine gold, one silver and four bronze) through Day 3 of competition.

In the women's H3 road race, Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) finished in 1:49.26, nearly three minutes better than Russian Svetlana Moshkovich, who she also beat in the time trial. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Bascio finished second in both the time trial and the road race.

Davis (Sun Valley, Idaho/Salt Lake City, Utah) was victorious in the women's H2 road race, topping silver medalist Renata Kaluza of Poland and bronze medalist Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.), who also won the bronze medal in the time trial. In London, Davis dominated the races in her class, taking the individual time trial and individual road race before helping the U.S. to a relay gold medal.

U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.), who claimed his first career world medal on Friday with a third place showing in the time trial, upgraded to the next step of the podium for the road race. He finished second in the men’s H1 road race to Italy's Luca Mazzone, 1:30.55 to 1:31.33.

In other action for the Americans, William Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.) and Matthew Updike (Denver, Colo.) placed fifth and ninth, respectively, in the men's H2 road race. U.S. Navy veteran Steven Peace (Albion, Mich.) finished seventh in the men's T2 road race.

The world championships continue through Sept. 1. Fresh-off a 25 medal performance at the UCI Para-cycling Road 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 jamie.blanchard@usoc.org.