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05/23/13

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Cycling

Bicycle is one of the most popular means of transportation nowadays. It is also one of the favorite recreational sports for people of all ages. At first, Cycling became a sport for blind athletes and athletes with vision impairment, who started competing with tandem bicycles (bicycles with two saddles).

General view of the field in the Road Race during the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games on the road course in Sydney, Australia. © Matt Turner/AllsportThe Paralympic Games Cycling program includes two disciplines: Road Cycling and Track Cycling. Road Cycling races take place on public highways, while the Track Cycling races take place on tracks, or in other words, a velodrome. Although the rules and regulations governing the sport are the same as those for the Olympic Cycling, in certain cases modifications to the bicycles are allowed in order to facilitate athletes with specific disabilities.

The start of the Menís Tandem Road Race held around Moore Park during the 2000 Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia. © Nick Wilson/Allsport

Athletes with partial or total vision impairment, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputees or any other permanent physical deficiency can participate in Cycling. The athletes are classified into categories based on their functional abilities together with the skills required for the sport. The athletesí bicycles are modified, whenever considered necessary, according to the athletesí needs

  

 
     

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