Members of Team USA practice ahead of the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.
Eighteen athletes, including two tandem pilots, will compete for Team USA at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, March 22-25 in Rio de Janeiro. Seven athletes are defending their world titles from last year’s championships held in Carson, California, and eight athletes are Paralympians returning to the velodrome where they competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Athlete to Coach
Sarah Hammer, a three-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist, is the head coach for Team USA at the world championships. In late February, Hammer was named associate director, high performance for U.S. Paralympics Cycling. Read more on Coach Hammer.
Daily Watch Guide
Take a look at one event you don't want to miss during each day of competition. Full event schedule here.
Thursday, March 22
Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California) will race in the women’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit. This is the same event where she won her first Paralympic medal – a silver- at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Whitmore also finished second in this event at the 2017 world championships.
Friday, March 23
Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois) will race in the men’s C3 1km time trial. Berenyi is the three-time defending world champion in this event and will look to upgrade his fifth place showing from this event at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
Saturday, March 24
Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) will race in the women’s C4 3km individual pursuit on the same velodrome where she won gold in this event at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Morelli is the two-time defending world champion in this event and will look to extend her streak to a third consecutive title.
Sunday, March 25
After winning the 2017 world team sprint title for the first time in program history, the trio of Berenyi, Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) and Jason Kimball (Charlotte, North Carolina) will look to defend their title.