Para-Cycling is governed by the UCI (The Union Cycliste Internationale) and was introduced as a Paralympic Sport in 1988 for athletes who were blind/partially sighted.
Since then cyclists with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities can participate in classes depending on their degree of function. The competition programme includes Track and Road events for individuals and teams with Sprints, Individual Pursuits, 1,000m Time Trial, Road Races and Road Time Trials.
Locally, athletes with a disabilities are encouraged to join their local mainstream cycling club in order to access regular and consistent coaching, however attending a disability cycling club may be more appropriate for some athletes.
To find out more about clubs in your area please contact Marian Lamb firstname.lastname@example.org
There are currently three main disability cycling clubs in Northern Ireland. Tandem and hand cycling opportunities can be accessed through the following clubs:
Newry and Mourne Watch Club
Contacts: Danny McSherry
Telephone: 077 2083 8681 or email@example.com
Ulster Hand Cycling Association
Contact: No current Contact available
Tandem Cycling Club, Lisburn
contact: Kathryn McCambley
Telephone: 028 9260 0388 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org