Para-Cycling Road

Want to watch the world’s best para-cyclists take on Scotland’s roads? Here’s everything you need to know about Para-Cycling Road.

Dates: 09 - 13 August 2023

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Celebrations as riders cross the line at the 2021 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Portugal

Overview

This is where the rubber meets the road for the world’s fastest and most fearless para-cyclists.

Every mile matters in ruthless contests of speed, stamina and guts. Smart racing will win the day as riders battle for every tactical advantage that will take them to gold medal glory.  

How it works

Para-cyclists ride the exact same events under the same rules as their non-disabled counterparts.

The Para-Cycling classification system determines which Para-cyclists are eligible to compete in different categories depending on the impairment.

The Individual Road Race pits riders against each other in an all-out battle for supremacy of Dumfries & Galloway’s roads.

Even though there’s plenty of riders to form the peloton - where you’ll see riders “drafting”, which means following the lead rider for an aerodynamic advantage - there are few places where cyclists feel more alone. Mental toughness is mandatory as it’s every rider for him or herself.

In Individual Time Trials, riders set off one-by-one at regular intervals of 1-2 minutes. There’s nowhere to hide, no slipstreams to conserve energy in, and nobody in front of you to beat. Just the clock.

Aerodynamics are everything, so you’ll see futuristic bikes, helmets and skinsuits. With sheer speed being top priority, riders have to push the limit of safe racing lines as the twists, turns and tight corners could end a potentially medal winning run at any moment.

The Mixed Team Relay sees teams of three handcyclists race a road circuit, one at a time. Coordination and communication are key as quick relay changes are essential to a medal finish.

Dumfries & Galloway

 

Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl

Current UCI World Champions

Discover the current reigning Para-Cycling Road UCI World Champions and keep an eye out for them in 2023!

Para-Cycling Road UCI World Champions

A Para-cyclist from Spain

Fun Facts!

  • Para-Cycling includes riders with cerebral palsy, visual impairments and physical impairments.
  • In the Para-Cycling Road riders cycle one of four different styles of bikes - a typical road bike, tandem, handcycle and tricycle. The style of bike they ride depends on the impairment.
  • Great Scot! The fastest handcyclist on earth is Scotsman Ken Talbot who set the current speed world record for a hand cyclist at 51.86mph