Performance Pathways

Performance pathways are a vital component in the performance structure of sport. They create progression for talented athletes in their chosen sport to develop from participation level to elite level. Disability Sport NI works closely with each focus sport to create mass participation, then further the development of talented athletes to create world class performers.


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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 

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  

Ulster Hand Cycling Association
 Contact: No current Contact available

Tandem Cycling Club, Lisburn 
contact:  Kathryn McCambley 
Telephone: 028 9260 0388 or