Para-cycling

Cycling competitions include the following events:

Road Events: Road Races, Criterium Races and Individual Time Trial.

Track Events: Individual Pursuit, 1km Individual Time Trial and Flying 200m/Match Sprints (unofficially)

COMPETITORS

Cycling events are open to all athletes with physical and visual disabilities. However, not all events are offered to all athletes. For example, Tandem and “C Class” (CP/Amputee and Traumatic Brain Injury) athletes compete in both track and road events while Tricycle and Handcycle athletes only compete at the Road events.

CLASSIFICATION

Competitors are classified based on their level of physical ability. There are multiple sub-categories within each classification ability. Athletes can be informally classified by a para-cycling coach.  However, a formal classification by an approved UCI classification panel will be required for national and international level competitions. These panels are often available at national championships and identified international events.  The following is a summary of para-cycling classifications.

  1. B1-B3: Blind and visually impaired athletes who use a Tandem
  2. C1-C5: Cycle, including some amputee and Cerebral Palsy and/or Traumatic Brain-Injured athletes, who use a regular bike
  3. T1-T2: Tricycle, including some Cerebral Palsy and/or Traumatic Brain-Injured athletes
  4. H1-H4: Handcycle, including some neurologically-impaired, spinal-cored Injured, and Amputee athletes who use a handcycle rather than a regular bicycle

GETTING INVOLVED

The OCA is committed to supporting para-cycling and is interested to hear from any potential athletes, coaches, or volunteers.  This includes able-bodied cyclists interested in competing as pilots for visually impaired cyclists.

The OCA offers both introductory and competitive programs for para-cyclists.

Introductory Programs

  • Tandem cycling program at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome). This initiative is being delivered in partnership with the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind [bicycles and pilots are provided].
  • Handcyclists looking for a riding groups [recreational or competitive] can contact the Handcycling Club of Canada to find out about opportunities in their area www.handcycling.ca
  • Camps/workshops are also offered by the OCA for new and developing athletes.  Please contact Chantal Thompson at Chantal.thompson@ontariocycling.org for more information  or visit the Team Ontario section of the website CLICK HERE to view upcoming events.

Competitive/ more experienced athletes

  • Typically any para classification can integrate into an O-Cup or Provincial Time Trial event.
  • Team Ontario hosts a number of training camps, including warm-weather camps in the winter, and prepares athletes for competition at national championships and other international events.  Please visit the Team Ontario section of the website CLICK HERE to view upcoming events.
  • A Handcycling-specific camp will take place in the Kitchener Waterloo area July 25-27th  where athletes will gain higher level skills, participate in group rides and execute an electronically timed and sanctioned Time Trial and crit race. Visit www.handcycling.ca for more details, and to register now!

Other opportunities for road racing will be identified and announced by the OCA.

For any inquiries, please contact Chantal Thompson , HP Coordinator and Special Projects Coach