Paralympics road cycling Day 4: United States earned the gold medal in the Mixed H1-4 Team Relay

 

BRANDS HATCH, Kent, England (September 8, 2012) – In the final road cycling event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the United States earned the gold medal in the Mixed H1-4 Team Relay at Brands Hatch. Teammates Marianna “Muffy” Davis, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Oscar “Oz” Sanchez, of San Diego, Calif., and Matt Updike of Denver, Colo., demonstrated seamless transitions throughout the nine-lap race and finished the 18-kilometer course in 30 minutes, seven seconds.

Oz Sanchez (USA)checking in from the 2012 Paralympics

The race ended with a 5th place finish today. I had a great race both strategically and physically, but simply could not pull off a top 3 spot in the sprint. It would seem everyone came here in prime form! I don’t get it?

The strategy was to simply try and shed as many riders off the lead pack before the finish line sprint. Due to my size, I am a very poor sprinter; fortunately, this “size” is solid mass, which makes me a strong Time Trialist. It takes me a while to wind up and get up to speed in comparison to my competitors. The course did not favor my strengths in road racing and when it came down to the final sprint, the sprinters shot out.  [Read more...]

Time Trial’n my Trike at the Paralympics By Steven M. Peace (Images of todays action in London here)

 

 

I never dreamed I’d be an Olympian or Paralympian.  In high school, I swam and rode my bike for fun.  My chosen career path took me to U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School.  I had a great life of going to sea and the freedom it created.  I was a damn fine Naval Officer and I loved every bit of it.   That all changed when a stroke took away the use of my right side and much of my speech.   My life was changed forever.  I had a decision. I could sit at home forever or do something different about it.  I chose the latter in the shape of a recumbent.

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Anthony Zahn Checks in from the 2012 Paralympics Time Trial

My name is Anthony Zahn.  I have been racing bikes since 1990 and owned a bike shop from 1997 until 2011.  I have been racing internationally with the U.S. Paralympic Team since 2007.

 

I have a condition called Charcot Marrie Tooth disease.  It is a genetic, degenerative, peripheral neuropathy.  My hands don’t work so well and my aerodynamic ankles are pretty unstable so I trip a lot.  As the classifiers put it, since I have no discernible strength in my feet, ankles, calves or hands, I’m a quadriplegic – a high functioning quad, but still a quadriplegic.

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Jennifer Schuble (USA) explains how she earned a Silver Medal in the 500TT

 

Race Report: 

I am racing in 5 events in London but the 500 TT was my focus for the games. This was the event that I won Gold in Beijing in 2008.  I spent every weekend I was not racing or at team camp in Atlanta training on the Dicklane velodrome working with my coach Jeff Hopkins on standing starts.  We worked on getting a routine and focusing on the countdown of the clock. When my bike was put into the gates and the clock starting count down, I just focused on timing the gate.  I executed my start and timing of the gate perfectly.  After blasting out of the starting gates, I just rode as hard as I could for 2 laps.  I ended up posting the fastest time of the day after my ride but I had to wait until 4 more riders raced.  It came down to the very last rider Sarah Storey from Great Britain who had an amazing second lap to win the Gold.   I am disappointed I did not win gold but I know that I did everything I could to prepare for the race. I had posted the first lap which was huge because gave me confidence going into my next race the mixed team sprint as lap 1 rider along with sitting a new American record.

 

Jennifer

Craig Maclean(Great Britain) became only the second person in history to win both an Olympic and a Paralympic medal. Images from September 2 here!

 

September 2 – Craig Maclean became only the second person in history to win both an Olympic and a Paralympic medal when he grabbed cycling’s individual B sprint title with current champion Anthony Kappes in London 2012 Paralympics today.

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How I earned a Silver Medal By: Megan Fisher (USA) and Images of todays action.

Once upon a time, I had a dream of being an Olympian.  As a competitive able-bodied athlete, I held on to that dream for many years.  However, as I grew older, I realized that my Olympic dreams were slipping out of reach.  Then, unexpectedly, a car accident changed the course of my life.  The accident took the life of my dearest friend and robbed me of my athleticism; or so I thought.  With the help and support of my family, friends, doctors, therapists, prosthetists, coaches, teammates and sponsors I regained my competitive athletic lifestyle.  What’s even more amazing, I began dreaming of the Paralympics.

 

I earned my place on the 2012 Paralympic Cycling Team and solidified my position by earning a silver medal in the C4 Women’s Individual 3k Pursuit.

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Allison Jones (USA) takes Bronze with style by Allison Jones

So the pursuit is the longest sprint that masochistic idiots participate in. Good news I’m a self diagnosed masochistic idiot that is good at sprinting for 4.5 minutes. The other good news is that if you are good at the pursuit you get to do it twice in one day. Which I just happened to enjoy:)

 

My name is Allison Jones. I’m a member of the US Paralympic Cycling Team competing at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Today was the first day of competition and I won a bronze medal in the Women’s C1-3 3km Pursuit. 

 

My qualifying ride was not how I wanted to execute my ride. I knew I was fully capable of great ride but unfortunately my head got in the way on the third lap. I was running a great starting kilo and I lost the rhythm. Luckily my bad ride was still good enough to qualify fourth, giving me a second chance at a medal in the bronze medal round. 

 

I knew in the second ride all I wanted to do was ride my race. To go out in style with my head held high. I had a great start and I settled into a grove. A grove I knew would allow me to hold my head high no matter what the result was. At some point in the race I could hear the crowd grow louder and the commentator grow more excited, couldn’t make out a word but knew something big was happening. 

 

This just fueled my fire and I rode harder. Pushed harder and made sure my head was held high into the clouds. That crowd and announcer was cheering for me taking the lead after starting slower then my competition. My coach yelled at me in the final lap that it was mine. I pedaled even harder into the finish knowing I just jumped up to the Bronze medal. 

 

Images By Brain Hodes