U.S. Paracycling National TeamOwen Daniels
2021 proved to be a great year for me winning 3 national titles and be selected to my first paracycling world championships but there was still one thing left on my list that I had not yet achieved. Ever since I began racing competitively in 2012 one of my main goals was to be a member of the U.S.A. paracycling national team. I’ve always wanted the chance to represent my country at an international level but to be able to do that you must first be selected by a committee to the national team. To be selected you must first meet a few requirements. One of the most important requirements is a rider must show that he or she can race at the “national standard” to show that they can complete at an international level. The “national standard” is a speed at which a racer must race at or above which is unique to each different classification in paracycling. The “standard” for mens H3 was about 23.8 mph. Meaning any H3 male would need to avg at or over 23.8 in a time trial for a minimum of 15 kilometers. I was able to hit this standard consistently in 2021.
In November of 2021 I happened to receive an email about the application for the national team for 2022. Although I wasn’t too sure about my chances of being selected to the team I completed the application and emailed it back to U.S. paracycling. I waited for what seemed like forever for a response from the committee. A little after a week later I received an email from the committee informing me I had been selected to the team. After all these years of hard work I finally did it. Starting on January 1st of 2022 I would be a U.S. paracycling national team member and I was one step closer to my dream of competing for the U.S.A. at the Paralympics. This was just what I needed to give me a whole new level of motivation and drive. Stay tuned for what else 2022 would have in store for me.