Team USA Takes On Para-cycling Road World Championships In South Africa

By Stafford Braxton | Aug. 30, 2017, 3:47 p.m. (ET)

Sam Bosco will represent Team USA at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa. 

Team USA’s top cycling athletes are gearing up for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Twenty-one U.S. athletes, including one tandem pilot, will compete against the world’s best over four days of competition. After finishing second in the medal count at the 2015 world championships, Team USA is looking to claim the top spot in Pietermaritzburg.

The team will be led by 15 Paralympians and three returning road world champions. Two-time Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medalist and three-time road world champion Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) will look to defend her world title in the WC4 road race and time trial. Paralympian and six-time road world champion Jamie Whitmore (Sacramento, California) hits the road in hopes of defending her world titles in the WC3 road race and time trial. U.S. teammate Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York), who claimed two silvers at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will also look to defend her WT2 road race world title.

Joining the returning world champions are a list of decorated Paralympians and road world championship medalists looking to reach the top of the podium. On the women’s side, eight-time Paralympian Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) will lead the group, having finished second in the WC2 time trial and third in the road race in 2015. Accompanying her will be three-time Paralympian Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama), and Paralympians Samantha Bosco (Upland, California) and Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, New York) with guide Tela Crane (Sammamish, Washington).

The men will be led by four-time Paralympian Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), who completed three silver-medal performances at the 2015 road world championships. Two-time Paralympians Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) and Matt Updike (Denver, Colorado) will also be joining Team USA in South Africa. Rounding out the men’s roster will be Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut), who claimed two bronze medals at the 2015 road world championships, along with Paralympians Tom Davis (Fremont, Indiana), Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, New York), Steven Peace (Albion, Michigan) and Freddie de los Santos (Hopewell Junction, New York).

Team USA finished second in the overall medal count with 18 medals – including five golds – at the 2015 road world championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.  

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