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.
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.
Trained classifiers assess an athlete using the UCI classification rules to determine the following:
An athlete must have a permanent eligible impairment type and provide medical documentation detailing their diagnosis and health condition.
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.
Classes are detailed in the classification rules for the sport and a classifier determines the class an athlete will compete in.
Classification in Australia is managed by AusCycling.
To apply for classification or to check your eligibility, please download this request for Classification form below:
Classification in Australia is organised through Paralympics Australia and requests for classification go via the PA website (www.paralympic.org.au).
We encourage you to contact Sport Inclusion Australia (www.sportinclusionaustralia.org.au).
We encourage you to contact Deaf Sports Australia (www.deafsports.org.au).
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!
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