Para-cyclists earn time trial national titles in Chattanooga

By Brianna Tammaro | May 23, 2015, 3:40 p.m. (ET)
Will Lachenauer celebrates at the top of the podium after winning a national championship for the men's H3 class at the 2015 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships on May 23 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —Twenty-three U.S. para-cyclists, including two tandem pilots, donned the stars and stripes Saturday at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee after earning the title of national champions in the time trial category.

Thirteen members of U.S. Paralympics Cycling national teams, including four Paralympians, took to the top of the podium after racing 15.5-kilometers and 31-kilometers for men’s C4-5 and men’s and women’s tandem, around the Volkswagen factory.

Fast times came from Paralympian Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.) with 22:42.50 in the men’s C3 class, Brian Sheridan (Clarkston, Mich.) with 30:23.63 in the men’s H2 and Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Ga.) with 27:05.97 in the men’s T2 class. On the women’s side, strong performances came from Jill Walsh (Syracuse, N.Y.) in the T2 class (31:56.99), Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) in C5 (24:11.24), Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.) in C3 (25:56.64) and Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kan.) in the women’s C4 class (24:38.69).

“We had a great turnout today,” says Ian Lawless, the high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Cycling. “Most of the para-cycling classes were represented and a lot of people stepped up for a competitive day of cycling on a true national championship course.”

The event in conjunction with the USA Cycling Professional Championships featured over 100 para-cyclists racing for a chance to represent Team USA at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships and Parapan American Games this summer. World championships will be held July 28-Aug. 2 in Nottwil, Switzerland with Parapan Ams taking place Aug. 7-15 in Toronto.

2015 Time Trial National Champions:

  • Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.), pilot Benjamin Collins (Chicago, Ill.) men’s tandem
  • Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, N.Y.), pilot Mackenzie Woodring (Belmont, Mich.), women’s tandem
  • Chris Murphy (Alta Loma, Calif.), men’s C5
  • Aaron Trent (Columbia, S.C.), men’s C4
  • Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.), men’s C3
  • Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.), men’s C2
  • Todd Key (Scottsdale, Ariz.), men’s C1
  • Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.), women’s C5
  • Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kan.), women’s C4
  • Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.), women’s C3
  • Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.), women’s C2
  • Alfredo “Freddie” De Los Santos (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), men’s H5
  • Tom Davis (Freemont, Ind.), men’s H4
  • Brian Sheridan (Clarkston, Mich.), men’s H2
  • Barry Wilcox (West Jordan, Utah), men’s H1
  • Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.), men’s H3
  • Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), women’s H5
  • Carly Pearson (Knoxville, Tenn.), women’s H4
  • Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.), women’s H3
  • Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Ga.), men’s T2
  • Jay Lapointe (Aurora, Colo.), men’s T1
  • Jill Walsh (Syracuse, N.Y.), women’s T2
  • Amanda Kloepfer (Rockford, Ill.), women’s T1

National championships continue Sunday with the para-cycling road race at Enterprise South Nature Park, beginning with the men’s and women’s tandem at 8:00 a.m.

For more information and full results from USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Nationals, visit the event website.