International Competition Begins!Travis Gaertner
Greetings from the skies above as we head to Italy for the first World Cup of the season! I will be with team USA for 8 days in Maniago competing on the same course we raced back in 2018 which is very exciting. It’s a decent course for riders like myself that are punchy. It will come down to bursts between 2-6 minutes each and efficient recovery in between. The city of Maniago alway gets behind our events with a ton of enthusiasm. Individual households post signs and even make their own handcycle models in their windows to show us their support. I recall the crowds were the largest I’ve seen in Paracycling! I feel great and have really hit my preparation in the most broadly well rounded way so far in my career. I’m looking forward to hitting each punchy segment of the race with everything I have and will report back at the conclusion.