Paralympic Cycling Road

Held across two disciplines, Road and Track, Cycling looks set to be one of the most popular sports at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Handcycling – for athletes with lower limb disabilities – was introduced at the Athens 2004 Games.

Key facts

VenueBrands Hatch
Dates: Wednesday 5 September – Saturday 8 September 2012
Medal events: 32
Athletes: 225 – 155 men, 70 women (across Road and Track)

Paralympic Cycling was originally developed as a sport for blind athletes, who first competed using tandem bicycles. Technological advancements have since opened up the sport to a wider range of athletes; as a result, it is now the third largest sport on the Paralympic programme.

The basics

The 50 medal events that make up the Paralympic Cycling competition feature athletes with a visual impairment, cerebral palsy, amputations or other physical disabilities competing on bicycles, tricycles, tandems and hand cycles.

At London 2012, there will be 32 Paralympic Road Cycling events, with the Road Races and Time Trials supplemented by the Team Relay.

Paralympic Road Cycling, past and present

Road Cycling was introduced as a Paralympic sport in 1984. At London 2012, the Paralympic Road Cycling will be held at Brands Hatch. Athletes will race in a series of events that should draw massive crowds.

Jargon buster

– Road Race: For the Road Races, all riders start together, and the first to cross the finish line wins gold.
– Time Trial:
 The Road Cycling Time Trials differ from the Road Races in that the riders set off at intervals, and the winner is the rider with the fastest time over the course.

Get involved

Cycling is a great way to keep fit, as well as an environmentally friendly means of transport. British Cycling’s club development programme, called Go-Ride, is aimed at encouraging clubs to help young cyclists enjoy cycling in a safe, off-road environment. For more information on cycling, including details of clubs and events of all sorts, see the websites of British Cycling and the InternationalCycling Union.

The women's Road Race, Beijing 2008

~ by superbowlnyc on June 13, 2011.

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