Para-Cycling Road Nationals Kicks Off Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee

By U.S. Paralympics | June 26, 2019, 7:23 a.m. (ET)

Aaron Keith looks to defend his road race and time trial national titles in Knoxville, Tennessee, from June 27-29.

This week, more than 100 cyclists will compete in Knoxville, Tennessee, for road national titles. The 2019 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships, which is held in conjunction with USA Cycling's national championships, will begin with the road race on Thursday, followed by the handcycle relays on Friday and the time trial events on Saturday.

Fourteen athletes look to defend their 2018 road national titles in both the road race and time trial in their respective classifications.

In the men’s and women’s trike field, Ryan Sykes (Grass Valley, California – MT1), Ryan Boyle (Monroe, Connecticut – MT2) and Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York – WT2) will all aim to repeat as double champions at the 2019 national championships.

Athletes looking to defend their two titles in the handcycle competition are Barry Wilcox (West Jordan, Utah – MH1), Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon – MH2) and Jenna Rollman (Rancho Cucamonga, California – WH3).

Completing a sweep in the tandem class last year was Chester Triplett (Mooresville, North Carolina - MB), who aims to remain the national champion in both events. 

Seven other athletes won gold in the road race and time trial in their classes last year, and look to repeat as champions again in 2019: Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, New York – MC1), Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington – MC2), Rebecca Piper (Longmont, Colorado – WC2), Joe Berenyi (Oswego, Illinois – MC3), Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, California – WC3), Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania – WC4) and Samantha Bosco (Upland, California – WC5).

Additional event information can be found here.

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