U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Dec 26 Top 13 Moments of 2013: U.S. road cyclists finish season at No. 1

By Jamie M. Blanchard | Dec. 26, 2013, 10 a.m. (ET)

It was a thrilling year for the Paralympic Movement in the United States and around the globe. Records were broken and legacies were made. From Dec. 18-30, USParalympics.org will unveil the Top 13 moments of 2013 for U.S. Paralympics in chronological order.

U.S. Para-cycling is the best in the world.

After winning 12 medals including five gold medals in road cycling at the London 2012 Paralympic Games last September, the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team finished the 2013 International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships Sept. 1 in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, with Team USA claiming three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. Over the four day competition, Team USA claimed 19 medals (12 gold, two silver and five bronze), finishing No. 1 in the medal count, five medals ahead of Italy.

Megan Fisher won her second world championship of the event that day while Jamie Whitmore, crowned the overall title winner in women’s C3  at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Finals last week, also claimed her second gold. Allison Jones was victorious in the women’s C2 road race for her second 2013 world title.

Greta Neimanas won Team USA’s first medal of the day, a bronze medal in the women’s C5 road race with teammate Samantha Heinrich crossing the line in sixth place. In the time trial on Friday, Neimanas claimed the gold medal and Heinrich earned the bronze medal.

After Neimanas won the bronze, Fisher won the women’s C4 road race over Canada’s Marie-Claude Molnar by 58 seconds. Whitmore was victorious in the women's C3 road race by more than four minutes, topping Australia's Simone Kennedy, 1:27.45 to 1:32.04. Both Fisher and Whitmore won time trial world titles Friday.

Jones also claimed her second gold medal of the world championship beating Czech Republic's Tereza Diepoldova, 1:28.32 to 1:31.48. Like her U.S. teammates, Jones won the time trial earlier in the competition.

The day concluded with a silver medal for Team USA in the team relay with William Lachenauer, Muffy Davis and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Oz Sanchez competing for the red, white and blue.

While the final day of the world championships was a highlight for the U.S. Paralympics Cycling program, it was domination for Team USA all season long. Monica Bascio went undefeated in 2013 en route to being named the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year.

Bascio won two gold medals at her first world cup event of the year in Spain in June, in the time trial and road race in her H3 category, then equaled that performance at her next world cup in Italy, giving her a huge dose of confidence heading into the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

At those world championships in late August at Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Bascio again swept the two events.

In the women’s H3 road race, Bascio finished nearly three minutes ahead of Russian Svetlana Moshkovich. Bascio also bested Moshkovich to win the individual time trial.By the end of the season, she was not only a double world champion, but she finished as the No. 1-ranked H3 road para-cyclist in the UCI’s rankings, winning nine times in nine races in 2013, eight of them in world championship or world cup events.

In the women’s H3 road race, Bascio finished nearly three minutes ahead of Russian Svetlana Moshkovich. Bascio also bested Moshkovich to win the individual time trial.By the end of the season, she was not only a double world champion, but she finished as the No. 1-ranked H3 road para-cyclist in the UCI’s rankings, winning nine times in nine races in 2013, eight of them in world championship or world cup events.

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