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Shawn Cheshire (stoker) and Mackenzie Woodring (pilot) were snubbed for the RIO Game by U.S. Paralympic despite a time 2 mph faster than the 25 mph average needed too qualify.

Shawn Cheshire (stoker) and Mackenzie Woodring (pilot) were snubbed for the RIO Games by U.S. Paralympics despite a time 2 mph faster than the 25 mph average needed to qualify at yesterday’s trials.

Stoker Shawn Cheshire and pilot Mackenzie Woodring were left off the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team announced today despite scorching the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Time Trial Saturday in Huntersville, N.C.

Cheshire, a blind athlete from Camillus, N.Y., and Woodring, one of Michigan’s best woman cyclists ever, averaged over 27 mph (2 mph faster than the qualifying standard) on a loopy, rollercoaster course ill-suited for a time trial.

“Mac & Cheese’s” time of 39:18.90 over the 18-mile course is believed to a best for the duo.

Cheshire and Woodring swept the time trial and road race at USA Cycling’s Paracycling National Championships just over a month ago. Woodring is a Paralympic veteran who won a pair of Golds in Beijing.

Grand Rapids’ Claire Reeves, Michigan’s top-ranked Female Junior 15-16 cyclist, finished 18th Thursday in the 21K (13-mile) time trial that opened USA Cycling’s 2016 Amateur Road Nationals in Louisville, Ken.CyclingIcon

Reeves, riding for the Speed Merchants team, finished in 37:24.39, an average speed of nearly 21 mph.

Byron Center’s Carmen Davidson (Andrie Junior Development Team) finished 12th in Thursday’s 10K (6.2-mile) time trial for Female Juniors 13-14, in 17:19.78 (an average of over 21 mph).

Amateur nationals continue through Sunday with road races and criteriums.

Stoker Shawn Chesire, of Camillus, N.Y., and pilot Mackenzie Woodring, of Lowell, are going for a spot at the Rio Paralympics Saturday on a tight, rolling, loop-de-loop rollercoaster of a course at the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Time Trials.CyclingIcon

Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Woodring is trying for her second Paralympics and Cheshire her first at the trials this weekend in Huntersville, N.C.

Chesire, who was left blind after an illness, and Woodring, one of Michigan’s top woman bike racers, will set out on four laps of the 4½-mile mobius strip of a course shortly after noon on Saturday.

For the average bike racer a pair of broken wrists would mean three to six weeks off the bike.

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Janelle Cole

Whether or not it means Rockford’s Janelle Cole will miss USA Cycling’s Amateur Road National Championships p/b Papa John’s, June 30-July 3 in Louisville, Ky., is anybody’s guess.

Not only did Cole keep racing after breaking both wrists on back-to-back stages at the recent North Star Grand Prix she continued moving steadily up the amateur GC from 11th to finish on the podium in third for the Medica Collegiate All Stars.

So don’t count the 20-year-old Brevard (N.C.) College sophomore out for next week’s U23 national championships or an upcoming trip to Europe to race with the U.S. National Team.CyclingIcon

Injury is about the only thing that could slow Cole down this season. She earned her spot on the all star team with silver medals in both the time trial and crit at USA Cycling’s 2016 Division 1 Collegiate Road Nationals in May followed by a Top 20 finish for Twenty16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air & Felt Bicycles at the UCI Women’s World Tour Philadelphia International Classic.

Cole is currently ranked 45th among the top 84 women in USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour and is among the UCI’s Top 100.

Janelle Cole finished fourth in the Stillwater Crit on Sunday to jump onto the final podium at the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota.

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Janelle Cole

Cole, 20, of Rockford, zoomed from 6th to 3rd on GC.

Back-to-back crashes Wednesday and Thursday did little to slow Cole’s steady rise up the GC from 11th after the opening stage St. Paul time trial on Wednesday.

Rally Cycling’s Sara Poidevin blasted away from the field Sunday to steal the Best Amateur Rider’s green jersey from Cole’s Medica teammate Kathryn Buss who had held it since Stage 2.

Buss was third in the final amateur standings.

Cole finished 13th in the combined 70-rider pro and amateur field Sunday to take 14th in the overall GC.CyclingIcon

A sophomore at Brevard (N.C.) College, Cole earned her spot on the Medica Collegiate All Star team with silver medals in both the time trial and crit at USA Cycling’s 2016 Division 1 Collegiate Road Nationals in May.

Cole is coming off a Top 20 finish for Twenty16-Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air & Felt Bicycles at the UCI Women’s World Tour Philadelphia International Classic.

Next for Cole are USA Cycling’s Amateur Road National Championships p/b Papa John’s, June 30-July 3 in Louisville, Ky., then a spin through Europe with the U.S. National team.

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