By The Numbers: 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | Sept. 11, 2019, 10:24 a.m. (ET)
Team USA’s biggest road cycling event of the year begins today in Emmen, Netherlands as the world’s best cyclists compete for rainbow jerseys at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships from September 11-15. Before competition begins, find out the key numbers to know for the event:

3: Events (Team Relay, Time Trial, Road Race)
jamie whitmore
Three events will be contested at the road world championships, beginning with the handcycle relay on Wednesday (September 11) followed by time trial races on Thursday (September 12) and Friday (September 13). Competition culminates with the road race on Saturday (September 14) and Sunday (September 15). Only handcycle classes will compete in the relay on Wednesday. Athletes will compete in different distances based on their classification for the time trial and road race. 

5: Returning World Champions
Oz Sanchez pumps his fist in the air after winning the men's handcycle team relay at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
Five U.S. athletes will seek to defend their world crowns in Emmen this week. In the men’s H2 class, Will Groulx is the man to beat after winning gold in the road race and handcycle relay at the 2018 edition of the world championships. Oz Sanchez captured the world title for the men’s H5 class last year in the men’s road race and relay, as well. In the men’s T2 class, Ryan Boyle earned his first world titles in the time trial and road race. For the women, Shawn Morelli and Jill Walsh both return as the world champions in the time trial and road race for the C4 and T2 classes, respectively.  

15: Medals Won By Team USA At The 2018 Road World Championships

Team USA captured 15 total medals at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy, including nine gold, four silver and two bronze to finish second overall on the medal leaderboard. Seven U.S. athletes left Italy as double medalists including Groulx, Sanchez, Boyle, Morelli, Walsh, Alicia Dana and Jamie Whitmore.

21: Athletes Representing Team USA In Emmen

Twenty-one athletes are on the U.S. road world championship roster, including 13 Paralympians and seven reigning road world championship medalists. Three athletes finished the world cup season ranked third in the UCI road rankings, including Groulx (MH2), Walsh (WT2) and Whitmore (WC3). Six athletes are coming off competing at the 2019 Parapan American Games, including multi-medalist Clara Brown. 

58: Rainbow Jerseys Available

In Emmen, 383 athletes will vie for coveted rainbow jerseys in three different events across  over five days at the road world championships. Five U.S. athletes will aim to keep their jerseys from 2018 while many newcomers will seek their first rainbow stripes. Team USA will face competition from several world heavyweights, including hosts the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Australia.