The Athletes

The Athletes; Para-Cycling Explained

  • Road and track cycling competitions for athletes with physical disabilities
  • Competitors utilize bikes that are adapted to their ability: traditional or adapted bicycle, tandem, tricycle or hand cycle
  • Governed by the International Cycling Union (UCI)
  • Para-cycling competitions include those held every four years at the Paralympic Games, run in conjunction with the Olympic Games

Categories

  • tandem bike icon Blind and visually impaired (B and VI): Blind and visually impaired athletes ride on tandems, accompanied by sighted pilots.
  • tricycle icon  bicycle iconCerebral Palsy (CP): Athletes with cerebral palsy ride on bicycles or tricycles based on their disability
  • bicycle icon  Locomotor Disabilities (LC): Amputees and other individuals with an apparent functional disability ride on bicycles, with approved adaptations, as necessary.
  • handcycling icon  Hand cycling (HC): Wheelchairs athletes ride on hand tricycles.

Road Disciplines

  • Individual time-trial, men and women.
  • Road race, men and women
  • Hand cycle team relay (mixed men & women)

About the Sport

Para-cycling is cycling competition for athletes with physical disabilities, and is governed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) with competitions every four years at the Paralympic Games, which include athletes with physical disabilities, and are run in parallel with the Olympic Games. Para-cycling races are currently organized on the road and on the track, and World Championships for both are held annually with the exception of the Paralympic years. The UCI added a three-event Para-cycling World Cup in 2010, and domestic racing calendars are organized in more than 40 countries. Competitors utilize bikes that are adapted to their ability: traditional or adapted bicycle, tandem, tricycle or hand cycle.