Representatives from U.S. Paralympics, Notus Sports, Greenville Health System, Greenville County and the City of Greenville kicked off the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, which takes place in Greenville, South Carolina, with a news conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Embassy Suites.
South African Ernst van Dyk (far right) at the news conference with Team USA’s Jamie Whitmore, Aaron Trent (USA) and Hans-Peter Durst (GER) at the Embassy Suites for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, which takes place in Greenville, South Carolina, from 28 August to 1 September.
They were joined by Team USA’s Jamie Whitmore, a four-time Para-cycling World Champion and current Time Trial and Road Race World Champion, and Aaron Trent, a Greenville resident and two-time medallist at the Para-cycling Track World Championships. Also in attendance were South Africa’s Ernst Van Dyk, a previous Paralympian and World Championship handcycling gold medallist, and Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst, a silver medallist from the London Paralympic Games. The 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will take place from 28 August to 1 September.
The five-day event will include hundreds of athletes from more than 40 countries, and will feature individual time trial and road race disciplines for men, women and teams. The championships will officially begin with an Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations on Wednesday, 27 August at 6pm. The Handcycling Relay will take place on Thursday, 28 August from 6-7:30pm at the BMW Performance Center Track.
The handcycling relay is a team discipline that has become a showcase event for spectators. Next, the competition moves to Millennium Campus as the event weekend kicks off with the Time Trials on Friday, 29 August and Saturday, 30 August from 10am-3pm. In Para-cycling time trials, athletes start individually in staggered intervals and race against the clock. The Time Trial course is 8.3km.
The Road Races will be held on Sunday, 31 August and Monday, 1 September from 8am-5pm. The road course is 11km. In Para-cycling road races, athletes have mass starts for each category and distances vary. U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, will live stream more than eight hours of coverage of the road race championships on Sunday, 31 August and Monday, 1 September. Additional on-demand videos will be available of the handcycle relay and time trial events.
The free, international live streaming of the road race events will be available at USParalympics.org at the following times:
- Sunday, 31Aug: 8-11am and 2:30-3pm (GMT -04:00)
- Monday, 1Sept: 8-11am and 1:30-4pm (GMT -04:00)
- *Greenville is 6 hours behind South Africa