AusCycling | Para-Cycling

Para-Cycling

Para-cycling supports events for cyclists with a range of impairments.  Classification is the process of grouping athletes into classes so that cyclists compete against others with a similar level of function.

Para-cycling events occur on standard bikes, tandems (with a vision-impaired rider on the back), trikes (for cyclists with a balance impairment), and kneeling and recumbent handcycles (for cyclists with lower limb weakness).  There are events on track and on road.

AusCycling is the peak body to support cyclists with vision and physical impairments.  Sport Inclusion Australia (www.sportinclusionaustralia.org.au) is the National Sporting Organisation for athletes with an integration difficulties, primarily those with an intellectual disability.  Deaf Sports Australia (www.deafsports.org.au) is the national governing body of Deaf Sports in Australia. AusCycling invites all athletes with classifiable impairments to compete at its Road National Championships, typically held in Ballarat in January.



PARA-CYCLING CLASSIFICATION

This information is intended to be a generic guide to classification for Para-Cycling. 

The classification of athletes in this sport is performed by authorised classifiers according to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) classification rules. 

THE CLASSIFICATION PROCESS

Trained classifiers assess an athlete using the UCI classification rules to determine the following: 

1 - Does the athlete have an eligible impairment type?

An athlete must have a permanent eligible impairment type and provide medical documentation detailing their diagnosis and health condition. 

2 - Does the athlete meet the minimum impairment criteria for the sport?

Specific criteria applied to each sport to determine if a person’s impairment results in sufficient limitation in their sport. This is called the minimum impairment criteria.

3 - What is the appropriate class to allocate the athlete for competition? 

Classes are detailed in the classification rules for the sport and a classifier determines the class an athlete will compete in. 

 

HOW DO I GET CLASSIFIED?

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 vision impairment:

Classification in Australia is organised through Paralympics Australia and requests for classification go via the PA website (www.paralympic.org.au).


Athletes with intellectual impairment:

We encourage you to contact Sport Inclusion Australia (www.sportinclusionaustralia.org.au).

Athletes with a hearing impairment:

We encourage you to contact Deaf Sports Australia (www.deafsports.org.au).



WHAT'S NEXT?

Once you are classified and know the type of bike you’re eligible to ride, it’s time to join a local club and start riding!  

If you need help connecting with a local club, please Contact Us.



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