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Paracycling & Inclusive Cycling
CycleSport WA promotes inclusive practices to its membership and the community. We believe in "Cycling for all abilities"

WA  opportunities for people with disabilities: 

1. Information-
  • CycleSport WA holds a contact list available below of Cycling related organisations catering to people with disabilities.
  • CycleSport WA promotes "Cycling for all abilities" with the help of other organisations.
  • CycleSport WA website - Paracycling & Inclusive Cycling
2. CycleSport WA clubs-
  • CycleSport WA clubs promote cycling in the local community. They all have different objectives and process. Some cater for juniors, or track riding, tandem cycling, others competitive racing.
  • ATTA offer time trial cycling racing for paracyclists. Contact President Peter Meyer admin@atta.asn.au to see how they can get you racing.
3. Recreational events-
  • CycleSport WA promotes participation in recreational events.
4. Competitive events-
  • ATTA offer time trial cycling racing for paracyclists. Contact President Peter Meyer admin@atta.asn.au to see how they can get you racing.
  • CycleSport WA promotes people to be involved in Wheelchairs sports competitive activities including the "Super Series". This has road race and time trial opportunities for paracyclists. see: www.wheelchairsportswa.org.au/
5. State Teams-
  • CycleSport WA promotes athletes to attend National Championships as a State team representative in Paracycling in Track or Road Cycling events. CycleSport WA has policies to determine entry to State Teams.
6. Classification of Athletes-
  • CycleSport WA has a local Cycling Australia Classifier to assist athletes determine their class of competition.
 
Inclusive Cycling opportunities for people with a disability - Map
The map shows the various levels of cyclist and the opportunities available to them from each organisation and summarised in the OVERALL tab.
 
We welcome further additions from all organisations involved in cycling for people with disabilities.

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What is Paracycling?
Cycling was introduced as a Paralympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The Paralympic Games commenced in Barcelona in 1992 following the signing of official agreements between the International Olympic Committee and the IPC. The Paralympic Games are now an obligatory part of any submission from a future Olympic bid city. They therefore benefit from the same organisational structure.
 
The Australian Paralympic Cycling Team has a proud history as recognised through the following results:
 
2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing 
· Track: 3 Gold, 4 Silver & 6 Bronze
· Road: 1 Silver & 1 Bronze
 
2004 Paralympic Games, Athens
· Track: 8 Gold, 3 Silver & 4 Bronze
· Road: 2 gold, 4 Silver & 3 Bronze
 
2000 Paralympic Games, Sydney
· Track: 5 Gold, 2 Silver & 5 Bronze
· Road: 5 Gold, 1 Silver & 3 Bronze
 
World Championships
The Para-cycling World Championships are held annually except during the year of the Paralympic Games.
 
National Championships
The Australian Track Championships include the Australian Para-cycling Championships with Para-cycling events integrated into the overall program. Para-cycling riders gain state team selection and compete for their state alongside their able-bodied peers.
The Australian Track Championships, incorporating the Australian Para-cycling Track Championships are held annually usually in the first week of February.
The Australian Para-cycling Road
Championships program includes Road Time Trial and Road Race events for all Para-cycling categories.
The Australian Para-cycling Road
Championships are held annually usually in April.
 
What is Paracycling Classification?
This information is intended to be a generic guide to classification for Paralympic Cycling. The classification of athletes in this sport is performed by authorised classifiers according to the classification rules of the sport, which are determined by the International Federation for the sport. Sport Classification Rules change from time to time, and this guide represents the classification system current at the date of publication. 
 
Which Disability groups can compete in this sport?
In order to be eligible for classification, a cyclist must have a medically diagnosed health condition that causes a permanent impairment that can be measured objectively. Examples of the types of conditions, disorders or diseases that may lead to permanent impairment are: amputation, loss of sight, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, paralysis.
 
What is the Minimal Disability?
In order to be eligible to compete in a sport as an athlete with a disability, it is not sufficient simply to have a disability. Specific and objective testing is used to determine whether a person’s disability results in sufficient limitation of their ability to perform the core elements of the relevant sport. This is different for each sport and is termed the minimal disability criteria. Only authorised classifiers are able to determine whether a person meets the minimal disability criteria for a particular sport. Below is a rough guide to the criteria – it should not be used to provide athletes with advice regarding eligibility.
 
Who in Western Australia does Classification?
Ian Wee, Cycling Australia Classifier
Perth Integrated Health Clinic
Unit 12, 8 Booth Place Balcatta (via Erindale Road) Tel: 9240 5266 Fax: 9240 1522
 
What are the Paralympic classes for this sport?
The list below contains examples of the type of disabilities found in each class for Cycling, current at the date of publication. It is intended as a guide only. The list is not exhaustive and cannot be used for the classification of athletes, as this classification can only be performed by
 
Class
Examples (Guide Only)
Handcycle
(H classes)
There are four divisions of riders in this class, H1-4. This class includes cyclists with spinal cord injuries, cerebral plays, amputees or other athletes with other disabilities that prevent the safe use of a conventional bicycle or tricycle.
Tricycle
(T classes)
There are two classes in this category. Riders are assigned a class according to their level of ability. Riders in class 1 have less ability than riders in class 2.
Cycle
(C classes)
There are 5 sub classes in this category. Riders are assigned a class according to their level of ability. Riders in class 1 have less ability than riders in classes 2-5 with class 5 being the most able class.
Tandem bike
(B class)
Riders have a visual acuity at or below 6/60 or a visual field less than 20 degrees. Riders ride on a tandem cycle with a pilot at the front of the bike.


References:

 

Australian Paralympic Committee
http://www.paralympic.org.au/classification/
Greg Omay, Sport Operations and Development Manager
greg.omay@paralympic.org.au
Telephone: +61 0408 660 268

Cycling Australia
Peter Day, Para-cycling Performance Director/ Head Coach 
peter.day@cycling.org.au 
Telephone: +61 403 051 635


Key contacts: 

Inclusive Cycling activities and services available from these organisations:
· Bicycle modifications: Technology Assisting Disability WA
· Bicycle Supplier- Specialty bikes: Pedal Sport and Toys
Contact: Peter 9249 1451
· Classification for sport, and support: Sport Recreation Network
Contact: Richard Orr 9201 8900
· Handcycling and wheelchair sports: Wheelchair Sports WA Association
· Handcycling: Rocky Bay
Contact: Rocky Bay 9383 5188
· Paralympic testing: Australian Paralympic Committee
Contact: Greg Omay 0408 660 268  https://www.paralympic.org.au/
· Recreational Cycling, Bicycle Education: The Centre for Cerebal Palsy
Contact: 9443 0211
· Recreational, Competitive Cycling, Bicycle Education, Events: CycleSport WA,
Contact: Toby Hodgson 6336 9680
· Recreational Cycling Support for people with disabilities: Therapy Focus
Contact: 9403 9508
· Recreational Cycling rides: Over 55’s Cycling Club
· Contact: Barry Malcolm 9243 3624
· Tandem Cycling: WA Tandem Cycling Advisory Council
Contact: Adriana Lepore 9279 6129
· Western Australian Disability Sports Association:
Contact: Pat Maslen 9470 1442
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