Para-Cycling Road Nationals Kicks Off Wednesday In Augusta, Georgia

By U.S. Paralympics | June 12, 2018, 7:31 p.m. (ET)

Alicia Dana, who swept all three titles in the H3 races at the 2017 national championships, looks to repeat her success this week in Augusta, Georgia.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – This week, nearly 100 cyclists will compete in Augusta, Georgia, for national road titles. The 2018 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships will begin with the road race and handcycle relays on Wednesday, followed by the time trial events on Thursday.

Fourteen athletes from the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 will compete for national titles this week. Rio Paralympic medalists competing this week include four-time Paralympic medalist Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) Paralympic silver medalist Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Georgia), three-time Paralympic medalist Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon), Paralympic silver medalist Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada) and six-time Paralympic medalist Oz Sanchez (Los Angeles, California).

On the women’s side, two-time Paralympic bronze medalist Samantha Bosco (Spring Hill, Florida), Paralympic silver medalist Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont), two-time Paralympic gold medalist Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania), five-time Paralympic medalist Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama), two-time Paralympic silver medalist Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) and two-time Paralympic medalist Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) will all race for national road titles.

At the 2017 edition of the road national championships, ten athletes swept the competition in their respective classifications. Returning athletes who swept at last year’s competition include Groulx (H2) and David Randall (Bradenton, Florida - H3) in the handcycle field, and Todd Key (Scottsdale, Arizona) in the C1 class. For the trikes, Ryan Sykes (Grass Valley, California - T1), Boyle (T2) and Walsh (T2) outlasted their competitors to sweep the road race and time trial titles. In the other women’s classifications, Dana swept all three titles in the H3 races.

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