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The Cycling Canada’s Para-cycling program was created in 1996. Since then, Cycling Canada completely integrated the Para-cycling program into its High Performance program.
These athletes benefit from the same support as National Team members from other cycling sports, including having access to the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program (AAP). A dedicated national team coach, Eric Van den Eynde, is in place and the athletes benefit from the opportunities presented to them through the national team program (training camps, national championships, international competitions), each culminating in participation at the World Championships.
Athletes on their development path do also benefit from the National “Development” coach, Sebastien Travers, who also works with the Head coach and the HP team.
Every four years, our top Paralympic athletes have the opportunity to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games. Cycling Canada works closely with the Canadian Paralympic Committee in the preparation and coordination of our team to this event.
Finally, for the continued identification, recruitment and development of new athletes, Cycling Canada must continue to work closely with various organizations that deal with persons with a disability, including the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the Canadian Amputee Sports Association (CASA), and the Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA).
IPC Cycling became part of the UCI in September 2006.
Cycling has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1992 although athletes with a disability have been competing in cycling since the early 1980s . Cycling competitions include the following events:
Road Events: Road races, Individual Time Trial, Team relay for handbikes
Track Events:Pursuit, Sprint, 1km/500m individual time trial
Cycling events are open to all athletes with physical and visual disabilities. However, not all events are offered to all athletes. Example, tandem competitors (blind and partially sighted athletes) compete in track and road events while athletes with cerebral pasly only compete in road events. Competitors are classified into 4 broad categories with separate events for each:
1) Handbikes with 4 sub-categories (H1, H2, H3, H4)
2)Tandem (stoker + Pilot) (B)
3) Tricycles with 2 sub-categories (T1-T2)
4) Regular bikes (Upper or/and Lower body disability, amputation, Cerebral Palsy) / with 5 sub-categories(C1, C2, C3, C4, C5)
Cycling is governed by the rules and regulations of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) together with the following rule modifications: o Amateur riders may race as pilots, provided they have not been selected by their national federation for any of the UCI-listed events in the previous three calendar years. o No professional riders may compete as a pilot. o An ex-professional rider must not have held a professional license for three calendar years and must not be earning all or part of his/her living from cycle racing for a period of three calendar years.
Union Cycliste Internationale official site for riders with disabilities