Para-Cycling Classification

AusCycling supports events for cyclists with a range of impairments. 

The AusCycling Para-cycling classes are intended to showcase the transformational power of sport and cycling on individual lives.

AusCycling currently recognises both UCI-governed classes and classes governed by other Australian partner organisations.


In Australia, UCI Para-cycling classes are open to athletes aged 8 years and over with a physical or visual impairment and is divided into track and road events. 

In road cycling, athletes compete on a tandem bike (B-class), standard bike (C-class), three-wheeled trike (T-class) or handcycle (H-class), depending on their impairment. 

Track cycling is contested in a velodrome and is for athletes who compete on a tandem or standard bicycle. 

Athletes with these classifications may compete at club, state, national and international level e.g. UCI world cups (road), world championships (road and track) and at the Paralympic Games (road and track).

For more information on UCI Para-cycling Eligibility, please see the Para-cycling information sheet provided by Paralympics Australia:

Sport Integrity Australia Learning Module on Classification (www.elearning.sportintegrity.gov.au)

AusCycling also supports events at club, state and national level for multiple other classes. These include events for athletes with Hearing Impairments (HI class), Intellectual Impairments (II), Transplant (Tx class), and Adaptive Mountain-bikes.

All athletes that have received a UCI Classification Outcome are listed on this Masterlist within 8 weeks of their Classification Outcome. If you have a Classification and are no longer competing and no longer wish to be listed, please contact: [email protected]

For an updated Masterlist of eligible athletes with an Intellectual Impairment, please visit: Sport Inclusion Australia (www.sportinclusionaustralia.org.au/eligibility)
 
For an updated Masterlist of eligible athletes with a Hearing Impairment, please contac: Deaf Sports Australia (www.deafsports.org.au/classification)
 
For an updated Masterlist of eligible athletes with a Transplant, please contact: Transplant Australia (https://www.transplant.org.au)

Classification is at the centre of Para-sport. It determines the eligibility and groupings of Para-athletes for competition, based on their impairments. 

For more information on classification and the classification process, please see the Classification information sheet developed by Paralympics Australia.

Athletes with a physical impairment:

Classification in Australia is managed by AusCycling.

To apply for classification or to check your eligibility, please download this request for Classification form below:

Athletes with a visual impairment:

Paralympics Australia is responsible for managing classification opportunities for athletes with a vision impairment. Athletes wishing to obtain a Vision Impairment Classification must contact Paralympics Australia directly, first filling out the request for classification form. This process puts athletes and families in direct contact with Paralympics Australia and limits any confusion around the process. Athletes seeking a review for National Vision classification are also required to fill out the request for classification form linked above.

Athletes with intellectual impairment:

We encourage you to contact Sport Inclusion Australia

Athletes with hearing impairment:

We encourage you to contact Deaf Sports Australia

Transplant Athletes

We encourage you to contact Transplant Australia

What is IM?

IM is a type of integrity breach in Para sport. It happens when an athlete or athlete support personnel intentionally misleads or attempts to mislead any aspect of Classification.

What can IM look like?

  • Not giving full effort during Classification i.e., intentionally underperforming
  • Tampering with medical documentation
  • Not coming forward with changes to eligible impairment or diagnosis i.e. medical review
  • Not reporting IM leading to complicity. Having knowledge but not reporting can lead to consequences.
  • Not cooperating with Classification and more…

How can I report IM?

Paralympics Australia is the body that manages national level IM. You can report via any of PA’s three (3) channels:

Should you have a concern of international level IM this should be reported to either the IPC or International Federation.

Why is this important?

IM is a very serious offence that undermines the integrity of classification and Para-Sport. The consequences can include a sanction from sport, financial implications, stripping of medals or achievement and irreversible reputational damage.

Well-being support

We know reporting or having knowledge of issues like this can bring up a range of emotions and feelings. It’s important to use the support services available to you. Please reach out to our AusCycling Psychologist, Sophie Bashford available at: [email protected], for assistance with connecting with well-being support. Alternatively, our Integrity Manager, Anne Knight is available at: [email protected] or Classification co-ordinator, Eliza Smyth is available at: [email protected]

AusCycling joins Paralympics Australia in protecting against IM in Para sport.

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