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Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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The 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio have begun. There are a total of 50 events in the two main disciplines of road and track cycling, 18 for Track from September 8 - 11, and 32 events for Road from September 14 - 17. These events will all take place at the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Copacapana Cluster. This year at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics, 150 males and 80 females will be competing in these cycling events.

Paralympic Cycling Track- Rio 2016
Paralympic Cycling Track- Rio 2016

According to the Wikipedia article on Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the athletes participating in the cycling events are classified depending on the type and extent of their disability. There are four broad categories that cyclists are classified according to their functional ability: Blind/partially sighted tandem, handcycle, tricycle, standard bicycle.

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics - Classification of events [3]
Classification Bicycle used Description
B Tandem bicycle Athletes who have visual impairments ride tandem bicycles with a guide. They may have any level of visual impairment between no light perception in either eye through to a visual acuity of 6/60 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees.[4]
H (1-5) Handcycle Handcycle events are for athletes who are amputees, have paraplegia or tetraplegia. They are classified as an H1, H2, H3 or H4, with H1 being the most severely impaired. H1, H2, H3 and H4 cyclists will all compete in a lying position, whereas H5 cyclists compete in a kneeling position.[3]
T (1-2) Tricycle Tricycle events are for those cyclists who have a neurological condition or an impairment which has a comparable effect on their cycling so that they are not able to compete on a standard bicycle for reasons of balance. There are two classifications of tricycle: T1 and T2. Of these, T1 is for the more severely impaired athletes.[3]
C (1-5) Standard bicycle for riders with moderate locomotion impairment who do not require a tricycle[3]

Paralympic Cycling Road Rio 2016 - Hand Cycling Event Paralympic Cycling Road Rio 2016 - Hand Cycling Event

Classification →

Event ↓

C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 T1 T2 H1 H2 H3 H4
Road Cycling
Men's Road Race
Women's Road Race
Mixed Road Race
Men's Time Trial
Women's Time Trial
Mixed Time Trial
Mixed relay
Track Cycling
Men's 1000 m time trial
Men's ind. Pursuit
Men's ind. sprint
Women's 500m time trial
Women's 1000m time trial
Women's ind. Pursuit
Mixed team sprint
  • B=Blind or Partially sighted, tandem bicycle
  • H=Handcycle
  • T=Tricycle
  • C=Standard bicycle, with modifications

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