What to watch: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

By Katie Branham | July 29, 2015, 8:08 a.m. (ET)

The UCI 2015 Para-cycling Road World Championships get underway on Wednesday in Nottwil, Switzerland. With a strong team of 21 athletes, Team USA should deliver impressive performances during each day of completion.

WHAT TO WATCH

Wednesday, July 29 – Handcycle Relay

Will Lachenauer will be joined by Will Groulx and Oz Sanchez for the team relay

As the first event of the championships, look for a fierce competition between Team USA and the Italian team as they continue their rivalry. Italy enters the race as the reigning relay world champions, but expect a close finish. When the two nations faced off at the world cup in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland in June, the Italians narrowly took the win with a three second lead. Team USA will race the same lineup of Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada) and Oz Sanchez (San Diego, California) who won the world cup relay in Germany earlier this week.


Thursday, July 30 – Time Trial Day One

Aaron Keith en route to his 2014 men's C2 time trial world title 

Four Americans will look to defend their world titles as Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington), Megan Fisher (Missoula, Montana), Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) open individual competition in Nottwil. Also watch for Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) to have a strong showing in the women's T2 race after finishing as the runner-up in her world championship debut in 2014.


Friday, July 31 – Time Trial Day Two

Will Groulx will look to win another rainbow jersey in the men's H2 time trial

Groulx and Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont) enter the day’s competition as the reigning world champions in the time trial. Dana has finished on the podium for the time trial at each stop of the world cup series this year. She most recently won gold at the world cup in Elzach, Germany last week.


Saturday, August 1 – Road Race Day One

Shawn Morelli (L) and Meg Fisher (R) before the start of the women's C4 road race in 2014

While Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas), Whitmore and Jones will be racing to defend their world titles, four athletes will be looking to move onto the podium after finishing just shy of a medal in 2014. Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Georgia), Keith, Fisher, and Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Florida) will undoubtedly have their eyes on the podium. With a challenging course with plenty of climbing and winding descents, anything could happen in the road races.


Sunday, August 2 – Road Race Day Two

Oksana Masters will look to move onto the podium in the women's H5 road race

Groulx and Dana both finished in the runner-up spot in the road race at the 2014 championships and will be looking to add the road race titles to their resumes. Two-sport athletes Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas) and Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) both finished in fourth place at the 2014 edition of the championships. With another season of cycling to their credit, the Nordic skiers will look to advance to the podium in 2015.


Last year team USA won the overall medal count with 18 medals (nine gold, six silver and three bronze) while Germany took the runner-up spot with 14 medals.

Follow U.S. Paralympics Cycling on Twitter for race updates throughout the competition. More information and complete results will be available at www.UCI.ch.