In Para cycling, athletes with physical disabilities either compete on handcycles, tricycles or bicycles; while athletes with vision disability competing on tandems with a sighted “pilot.”
There are different sport classes for handcycling, H1-5, where lower numbers indicating restrictions in both upper and lower limbs, and higher numbers indicating restrictions in lower limbs only.
Tricycle athletes are divided into two classes, T1 and T2, with the former being allocated to athletes with more significant co-ordination impairments.
Athletes who are able to use a standard bicycle compete in the five sport classes C1-5, with lower numbers indicating a more severe limitation in lower and/or upper limbs.
Cyclists with a vision impairment race tandem with a sighted cycler in front.
ELIGIBLE IMPAIRMENT TYPES
Impaired muscle power
Impaired passive range of movement
Leg length difference