- Written by Ann Hortman
- Published: 30 September 2013
Dear members of USHF:
With the last lap of "Rims on the Run" in the books, so is another year of racing! We had a wildly successful year - with special thanks to those who organize the races, and you, the athletes who take time out of your schedules to participate!
As you well know, USHF has been in transition since Ian's departure to US Paralympics. Currently, the board is taking on the duties of the executive director and taking this opportunity to reevaluate our staffing structure as we move forward. We appreciate your patience with us. We ALL believe in our organization and are committed to our continued success.
Tony Pedeferri has taken on maintenance of the website. The board will be working to finalize the USHF National Racing Series for 2014. Everyone is working behind the scenes to ensure our continued momentum.
Yours in sport,
Elizabeth Edmands-Merritt - Chairperson
Ann Hortman - Vice-Chairperson
Stan Healy - Treasurer
Claire Cahow - At Large Director
Tony Pedeferri - At Large Director/Athlete Representative
- Written by Tony Pedeferri
- Published: 14 July 2013
The 2013 USA Paracycling National Championships took place July 4-6. The main event was the time trial, taking place on Thursday, July 4th. The time trial served a the selection event for choosing the team that would be traveling to Matane and Baie-Comeau, Canada for World Cup event #3 and the World Championships, respectively. The past two National time trial events were held in Augusta, GA on a course, that according to course profiles published on USA Cycling, had over 500 feet more climbing than the current course in Madison (1051’ vs. 618’) over essentially the same distance of 20k. At first glance with the reduced amount of climbing, handcyclists appeared to have the advantage over their upright paracycling counterparts with respect to achieving a good percentage of their time standards, which is used to determine who makes the team traveling to the World Championships. The scales seemed to tip even more in favor of the handcycles with the late change resulting the MC4, MC5, and M/W BVI tandems going 26.5k, longer than the previously scheduled 20k. Elements of this “advantage” were never realized. Looking at the Madison results compared to the last two years at Augusta, seemed to indicate handcycles had zero advantage, and possibly a disadvantage on this year’s course. The primary reason seemed due to the profile of the climbs. In Augusta, the climbs were longer but not as steep, resulting in handcycles being able to maintain their momentum and keep their speed up relative to their speed on the flats. In Madison, the climbs were shorter, but more frequent and steeper (some much steeper than the published 3% max incline), which resulted in repeated drastic speed reductions for handcycles over several short climbs. Due to their much better power to weight ratio, the upright and tandem categories appeared to maintain their speed better over the climbs. Additionally, the extra 6.5k had a much flatter profile compared to the rest of the course, which helped the MC4, MC5, and M/W BVI tandems keep their average speed higher on the extra 6.5k section compared to the rest of the 20k course. With all that being said, in my opinion, the course was fair and provided a good venue from which the World’s team was selected.