Will Groulx and David Randall kicked off the 2014 Paralyzed Veterans Racing (PVR) season with top- three finishes at the Top End EuroAmerican Handcycling Championship in Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 2.
A Portland, Ore., native, Groulx won the H1 division and finished the 26-mile course in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 27 seconds. He was selected to the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team in January.
Randall (Ontario, Ohio) placed third in 1:12:14, followed by PVR team members Carlos Moleda, from Bluffton, S.C., in 1:12:18 and Alfredo De Los Santos, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., in 1:13:21.
More than 25 Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) or PVR members competed in the race, including Gerard Ah-Fook, Joseph Beimfohr, Wesley Bergin, Michael Bishop, Timothy Brown, Dennis Clark, Omar Duran, Michael Frazier, Jake Freeland, Kevin Hillery, Geoff Hopkins, Tammy Landeen, Charles Lemon, Jonathan Miller, David Neumer, Bruce Newman, Michael Paul, Robert Puckett III, Scott Rimmer, Howie Sanborn, Jeff Snover, David Swaim, Scott Sweet, Freddie Uzeta and Keith Winchell.
“It tells everybody where they are coming out of their winter training,” says Jody Shiflett, adaptive cycling program consultant at PVA. “Some people have been actively training, and others are coming out of the dormant mode. It shines a spotlight on where they are at the beginning of the season.”
PVR’s next event occurs at the April 3–6 Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, Calif.
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