Handcycling criterium awards eight titles at para-cycling road nationals

By Brianna Tammaro | May 25, 2015, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Handcycling athletes celebrate on the podium after winning criterium national titles on May 25 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The race capped off three days of para-cycling competition in conjunction with the pro cycling championships, and was the first time all classes were national championships.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Over 30 para-cyclists steered through scenic downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the handcycling criterium Monday at the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships with eight athletes winning national titles.

A sprint finish by Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kans.) and Alfredo “Freddie” De Los Santos (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) for the men’s H5 national title was the highlight of the race that drew thousands of spectators in conjunction with the professional cycling championships. Cnossen, a Paralympian in Nordic skiing from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, edged out De Los Santos to redeem his performance from last year after crashing in the 2014 national criterium race.

The Memorial Day event was especially poignant for Cnossen and De Los Santos who are both military veterans. Cnossen and De Los Santos were both injured in active duty while serving for the United States Navy and U.S. Army, respectively, before racing for Team USA.

“It was great to race in downtown Chattanooga on Memorial Day,” criterium H5 national champion Dan Cnossen said. “I really enjoyed the race with all the spectators and it was a great experience for me. It was a good finish and I thought Freddie did really well.”

Cnossen, Barry Wilcox (West Jordan, Utah), Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), Carly Pearson (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.) all made return trips to the top of the podium with Wilcox, Masters, Pearson and Dana sweeping their respective classes for the three races—time trial, road and criterium—this weekend.

2015 Handcycling Criterium National Champions:

  • Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kans.), men’s H5 (30:51)
  • Ryan Pinney (Phoenix, Ariz.), men’s H4 (30:59)
  • Matthew Updike (Denver, Colo.), men’s H3 (31:00)
  • Brian Muscarella (Charlotte, N.C.), men’s H2 (31:54)
  • Barry Wilcox (West Jordan, Utah), men’s H1 (33:17)
  • Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), women’s H5 (33:16)
  • Carly Pearson (Knoxville, Tenn.), women’s H4 (31:20)
  • Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.), women’s H3 (32:34)

The performances of over 100 para-cyclists from May 23-25 will help determine who will represent Team USA at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, July 28-Aug. 2, in Nottwil, Switzerland and Parapan American Games, Aug. 7-15, in Toronto. Team selections will be made by June 1 for world championships and June 8 for Parapan Ams.

Full results from USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Nationals can be found on the event website.