U.S. Paralympics Cycling names team for 2015 Parapan American Games

By Brianna Tammaro | June 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Ryan Boyle (left) races to the finish line at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road National Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.


Colorado Springs, Colo. – Seventeen Para-cyclists were selected to represent Team USA at the 2015 Parapan American Games today by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.

The U.S. roster consists of 11 men and six women, including 14 members of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling national teams, who will compete in track and road cycling in Toronto from Aug. 7-15. Highlighting Team USA are four Paralympians: Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois), Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Alabama).

“Coming off a challenging summer of road cycling in Europe, we’re excited to bring an experienced team to Toronto in August,” Ian lawless, high performance director of U.S. Paralympics cycling said. “Building momentum this next year will be vital if we want to be the best Para-cycling team going into Rio. Parapan Ams will be a great test of our preparation and show us what we’ll need to fine-tune going forward.”

Parapan Am cycling competition kicks off with the road race at the Ontario Place West Channel on Aug. 8 followed by track cycling spanning from Aug. 10-11. Track events will take place at the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome. Competition resumes on Aug. 13 with the individual time trial at the Milton Time Trial Course.

Groulx, who served in the United States Navy from 1995-2001, is one of four retired military veterans on the American roster. Also named to the team competing in Toronto are Tom Davis (Freemont, Indiana) of the Army, Scott Martin (Oceanside, California) of the Marine Corps and Schuble of the Army.

The U.S. team had a successful track season, including twelve medals won at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Berenyi earned the first two world titles of his career first two career world titles in the men’s C3 class, taking gold in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit and the 1k time trial. Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) also left Apeldoorn, Netherlands with a title of her own in the women’s C3 500-meter time trial.

Before Toronto, Team USA will travel from July 28-Aug. 2 to Nottwil, Switzerland for the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships where they will look to build upon their 2014 success. The team topped the worlds medal count with 18 medals won—nine gold, six silver and three bronze.

Reigning road world champions on the Parapan Am roster looking to defend their titles in Nottwil include Groulx, Jones, Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington), Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) and Whitmore.

U.S. Paralympics Cycling 2015 Parapan American Games roster

*denotes U.S. Paralympian

Name

Hometown 

Classification 

*Joe Berenyi

Oswego, Ill. 

MC3

Ryan Boyle  

Marietta, Ga.

MT2

Tom Davis

Army/Freemont, Ind.

MH4 

*William Groulx

Navy/Portland, Ore.

MH2

Aaron Keith

Woodinville, Wash.

MC2

Todd Key 

Scottsdale, Ariz.

MC1

William Lachenauer 

Reno, Nev.

MH3

Scott Martin

Marine Corps/Oceanside, Calif.

MC4

Chris Murphy

Alta Loma, Cali.

MC5

Brian Sheridan

Clarkston, Mich.

MH2

Justin Widhalm

Colorado Springs, Colo.

MC4

Samantha Heinrich

Spring Hill, Fla.

WC5

*Allison Jones

Colorado Springs, Colo.

WC2

Shawn Morelli

Leavenworth, Kans.

WC4

*Jennifer Schuble

Army/Birmingham, Ala.

WC5

Jill Walsh

Syracuse, N.Y.

WT2

Jamie Whitmore

Mount Aukum, Calif.

WC3