Paralyzed Veterans of America congratulates six members who have made a critical step towards competing on the official United States cycling team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Will Groulx, Paralyzed Veterans Racing team member & 2014 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team member
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, on January 7, 2014, announced the 36 members of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Cycling team across three team categories ranging from the top-ranked National A Team down to the B Team and Developmental Team.
Will Groulx of Portland, Ore., a former rugby Paralympian and member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing team, was named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team in the WH1 category. U.S. Paralympics also named Paralyzed Veterans of America member Oz Sanchez of San Diego, Calif., to the U.S. National B Team in the MH4 category.
Paralyzed Veterans Racing team members Carlos Moleda (MH3) of Bluffton, S.C. (MH3) and Steven Peace (MT2) of San Diego, Calif., as well as Paralyzed Veterans of America members Jason Kimball (MC3) of Spring Lake, N.C., and David Randall (MH2) of Ontario, Ohio, were named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic National Developmental Team.
“Being named to the 2014 U.S. team is validation of their efforts and reassures them on their quest to make it to the 2016 Paralympics,” said Jody Shiflett, adaptive cycling program consultant for Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Being named to the U.S. team includes several benefits as racers prepare for the 2016 Paralympics, including a coach and monthly training stipend. More racers could be added to or dropped from the team rosters throughout the season, Shiflett said.
Team USA begins the 2014 season at the Los Angeles Para Track Cycling Open Feb. 15-16. From there, the team will compete in the Paracycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, April 10-13. The 2014 racing season will culminate Labor Day weekend in Greenville, S.C. at the Paracycling Road World Championships – the most important race for cyclers who want to compete in the 2016 Paralympics.
The Paralyzed Veterans Racing Team will compete in up to 60 races this year, including an invitational training camp in Brooksville, Fla., Feb. 3-7, Shiflett said.
Shiflett encourages other Paralyzed Veterans of America members to become involved with the Paralyzed Veterans Racing team to help improve and hone their cycling skills for competition. All Paralyzed Veterans of America members on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic cycling team have been mastering the craft for six or more years, and some as many as 15 years, he said.
“Others can become involved in this; they’re not going to be as good as these other guys are right off, but they can join our team and in doing so put themselves in the situation where they could be competitive for the Paralympics in time,” Shiflett said. “It’s not something that’s easily attained, but something that people need to know about so that they can set a goal for themselves and attain it through our program.”
For more information on Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing, contact Jody Shiflett at email@example.com.
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Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and NextGov.com.