Twenty-One Athletes To Represent Team USA At The 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

By Olivia Truby | Aug. 19, 2019, 6:33 p.m. (ET)

Oz Sanchez pumps his fist in the air after winning the men's handcycle team relay at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World ChampionshipsOz Sanchez celebrates winning the men's handcycle team relay at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. The six-time Paralympic medalist will return to the world championship stage at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands from Sept. 11-15.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Paralympics Cycling today announced its roster of 21 athletes who will represent Team USA at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, from Sept. 11-15. The team includes 13 Paralympians and seven reigning road world championship medalists.

“The athletes selected to the 2019 road world championships team bring a wealth of international racing experience to the table,” said Ian Lawless, director of U.S. Paralympics Cycling. “Road world championships will be an opportunity for our athletes to assess where they stand in training and preparations as we approach the one-year mark until Tokyo 2020.”

Returning as world champions on the men’s side includes Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon) in the MH2 road race and Oz Sanchez (San Diego, California) in the MH5 road race. The duo also won gold in the handcycle relay. Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut) will look to defend his two gold medals in the MT2 road race and time trial.

Looking to defend their world titles on the women’s side are Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) in the WC4 time trial and road race and Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) in the WT2 time trial and road race. 

Additional returning medalists from the 2018 edition of the road world championships include Alicia Dana (Putney, Vermont) with two second-place finishes in the WH3 time trial and road race and Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California) with two third-place finishes in the WC3 time trial and road race. 

Matthew Rodriguez (San Diego, California) makes his world championships debut after winning the MT2 overall world cup title following the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup circuit. Three athletes finished the world cup season ranked third, including Groulx (MH2), Walsh (WT2) and Whitmore (WC3).

Of the 13 Paralympians, three competed in different sports at previous Paralympic Games: Travis Gaertner (2000, 2004; wheelchair basketball), Will Groulx (2004, 2008, 2012; wheelchair rugby), and Oksana Masters (2012, 2014, 2018; rowing, Nordic skiing). Groulx and Masters were both also on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team. 

At the 2018 road world championships, Team USA returned home with 15 total medals, including nine gold, four silver and two bronze, to finish second overall on the medal leaderboard.

Before the 2019 road world championships in September, six athletes will also compete at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 beginning Aug. 23: Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois), Samantha Bosco (Upland, California), Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine), Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania), Rodriguez and Walsh.

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U.S. Roster for 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

*Denotes U.S. Paralympian

Men:
*Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.) – MC3
*Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Conn.) – MT2
*Tom Davis (Fremont, Ind.) – MH4
*Freddie de los Santos (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) – MH5
*Travis Gaertner (Burien, Wash.) – MH4
*Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) – MH2
Cody Jung (San Diego, Calif.) – MC4
Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) – MC2
Todd Key (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – MC1
Brandon Lyons (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) – MH3 
Noah Middlestaedt (Saint Cloud, Minn.) - MC3
Ryan Pinney (Phoenix, Ariz.) – MH3
Matthew Rodriguez (San Diego, Calif.) - MT2
*Oz Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) – H5

Women:
*Samantha Bosco (Upland, Calif.) – WC5
Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine) - WC3
*Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.) – WH3
*Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.) - WH5
*Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pa.) – WC4
*Jill Walsh (Syracuse, N.Y.) – WT2
*Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, Calif.) – WC3