The organizers of the Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD), presented by Kwik Trip, announced today that USA Cycling has selected ToAD to host the National Para-Cycling Critics Championship 2018. The best cyclists and cyclists with physical and national handicaps will compete for titles on Saturday 23 June at the Grafton Tour of ToAD, presented by Aurora Health Care and Celebrate Grafton.
The Para Nationals race is part of the Independence First Classic for cycling presented by ISCorp. The Handcycling Classic, presented last year, runs the first four days of the ToAD 11-day competition program. The 10th edition of Toad, the biggest series of multi-day cycling races in the United States, presents daily-style criterium cycling races in various Wisconsin communities from Thursday 21st June to Sunday 1st July.
“USA Cycling is thrilled to award the Para Criterium Nationals to the Tour of America’s Dairyland,” said Chuck Hodge, vice president of operations, USA Cycling. “The allocation of these citizens reflects the support that ToAD and the Southeast of Wisconsin have shown for para and cycling”.
ToAD 2018 Handcycling Classic expands from three to four days of racing. Among those who are expected to return to the starting line is known the biker Carlos Moleda, formerly Navy SEAL and five-time world champion Ironman of Hawaii, Handcycle division.
“The great thing about motorcycling is that you leave your seat, you start the motorbike and you feel like you’re not a disabled person,” he says. “Running in Southeastern Wisconsin and being part of ToAD is the perfect place to show the sport of motorcycling to the public.”
Apart from the Para Nationals in Grafton, open only to US athletes, motorcyclists will compete in the penultimate event of the daily program just before the Men’s Professional races in Kenosha, East Troy and Waukesha. In these three races, motorcyclists will compete for the jerseys of the daily race leaders, the jerseys and the general championship of the Handcycling Classic winners, as well as the cash prizes.
“The strength, endurance and sheer speed generated by these athletes elevates the entire ToAD series,” says John Haupt, director of the Race Handcycling Race. “Motorcycle racing and paraciclismo deserve to be included in the main cycling races around the world: gathering them here in ToAD takes us in that direction and, in addition to raising the profile of these sports, hosting the Classic and Nationals puts Wisconsin and Toad on the map as a destination for para and for motorcyclists. ”
This is already happening while the Paralyss Veterans of America Racing Team, including Carlos Moleda, arrives in the Milwaukee metropolitan area ahead of ToAD for a training camp at Delafield. The team expects to deploy about a dozen members in the Handcycling and Para Classics.
The additional sponsorship and support for Independence First Classic for cycling presented by ISCorp are provided by Invacare, Body Mechanics physiotherapy, Rebel Wipes and Mishlove and Stuckert, LLC.
ToAD was launched in 2009 and extends the legacy of multi-day cycling competitions started in Wisconsin in the late 1960s. It has become one of the most famous series of bike races in the sport, earning an exceptional reputation for offering a world-class racing experience for both participants and spectators. In 2017, almost 1000 pilots from over 40 states and 15 countries participated in ToAD with an average of 450 trips a day. Overall, an estimated 100,000 spectators attended the competitions and other special events of the day of competition in the host communities.
To register and view the full list of ToAD 2018 dates and cities, click www.tourofamericasdairyland.com.