About Disability Cycling
Cycling is open to both men and women with a physical or visual disability.
For competition athletes with cerebral palsy and locomotive disabilities are classified together in 5 divisions.
As a very rough guide, division C5 is for those with upper limb disability, C4 is for those with lower limb issues and divisions C3 – C1 are for those with both upper and lower limb disabilities of varying severity. All C division riders are required to ride bicycles.
For athletes competing under classifications T1 or T2, competitors ride tricycles rather than bicycles.
Those unable to ride a bicycle or tricycle, usually wheelchair users, can compete using a three wheeled handcycle. There are 4 different classifications within this discipline (H1-4) dependant both on severity of disability and their position on the handcycle (lying down or kneeling) .
Those with a visual impairment (VI) compete on tandems, with a sighted pilot.
Domestic competition is also open to other disability groups, such as autism and learning difficulties.
Para-Cycling is practiced in over 40 countries.
For those wishing to participate in the sport the point of contact is as follows: