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Cycling Roundup: Now Under 100 Days To Tokyo, U.S. Athletes Feeling The Excitement

June 01, 2021, 5:44 p.m. (ET)

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para-cycling. Heres what you missed!

 

Team USA Members Celebrate 100 Days Until the Tokyo Paralympics

 

Ryan Boyle is anxiously waiting for the Paralympic Games to start this summer in Tokyo. Alicia Dana said it feels like the Games could begin any day now.

May 16 marked 100 days until the Paralympics start, and some of the top American Para-cyclists recognized the milestone on social media.

Cyclists shared the same post on Instagram and Twitter, featuring a red background with the words 100 DAYS OUT” and WE ARE TEAM USA.” Several athletes wrote comments to go along with the post.

A year ago, it was so disappointing that the Games were being postponed a year...now it feels like theyll be here next week!” Dana wrote on Instagram. Well be ready.



Boyle wrote on his Instagram post, Cant believe its almost here! The journey, thus far has been has been amazing and its not over!

Oksana Masters Appreciates Toyotas Support of Paralympians

As one of the highest-profile U.S. Paralympians, Oksana Masters knows her words carry weight. So when Toyota announced this month that it will offer sponsorship opportunities to every American athlete who competes at this summers Tokyo Paralympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, Masters offered some context for why this support matters.

Heading into Sochi 2014 I slept out of my car chasing my own Paralympic dream,” Masters, an eight-time Paralympic medalist, wrote on Instagram. I am proud everyday, especially today to be a part of the #TeamToyota family as (Toyota) makes HISTORY for ALL Paralympic athletes and ALL future Paralympians to who are dreaming to chase their own Paralympic dreams and not being limited financially. The #Toyota Paralympic Fund Program is a game changer.

Toyota made the announcement in a video that prominently features Masters, who is aiming for her second Paralympics in cycling this summer. Shes also competed in the Paralympics as a rower and Nordic skier.



Samantha Bosco and Clara Brown Get Help From Their Dogs

Samantha Bosco and Clara Brown each celebrated a victory earlier this month at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.

Both cyclists appear to get some help along the way from their dogs.

Bosco, who earned a pair of bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, shared a photo on Instagram of her small dog sitting next to her on a yoga mat.

With hard training days, recovering properly is even more important. Something Im still learning,” Bosco wrote. Thankfully I have the cutest supervisor to make sure I do what I need to do to be ready for my next ride!"



Brown, meanwhile, posted a photo on Instagram of her arm around her big dog, whos wearing a UCI jacket.

Back at home in Montana to unpack & crown the real World Cup leader,” Brown, a two-time track world champion in 2020, wrote.



Shawn Morelli Races Through Terrible Weather 

Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Shawn Morelli didnt let a storm stop her from racing on May 16 in Perry, Kansas.

Morelli wrote on social media that she encountered a thunderstorm, a one-hour rain delay and even some hail at the Perry Dam Circuit Race.

Around the Web

Cyclist Michael Bissette and Para-cyclist Chester Triplett have formed a close bond

Triplett, whos visually impaired, made his racing debut with Bissettein April at the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open in Huntsville, Alabama. They won their time trial and road race events. 

Add Sports Illustrated to the list of marquee media outlets catching up with Oksana Masters. With just under a month to go before the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Minneapolis, Masters talked about her goals for this summer.

My goaloutside of medals, because obviously I want to take care of unfinished business from Riois to bring more awareness and help grow the field of womens cycling,” she told SINot many people in the States pay attention to cycling, and even less so to Paralympic cycling.

A new generation of Para-cyclists could be getting their start soon in Billings, Montana. Thanks to a grant from The Hartford insurance company, the nonprofit Eagle Mount Billings is able to buy adaptive bikes and other equipment to help fulfill its mission of providing therapeutic adaptive recreation for individuals with disabilities.

At Eagle Mount, we focus on the things that people with disabilities can do, rather than what they cando,” Emily Bailey, an Americorps VISTA, told local TV station KTVQ.