Para-cycling classification is the disability cycling process governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) covering four functional disability types.
The purpose of classification is to minimise the impact of impairment on the outcome of competition, so that an athlete’s success in competition relies on training, physical fitness and personal athletic talent.
Classification is an ongoing process whereby all athletes are under regular observation by classifiers to ensure consistency and fairness for all athletes.
Types of classification
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. Some 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 and paralysis.
How do I get classified?
A formal classification assessment is completed in person with a trained classifier prior to a national competition. However, in some cases a provisional class can be given to athletes to allow them to compete if classification is not provided at that particular event. To receive a provisional classification and/or request for a formal assessment please fill in the following forms.
What information and equipment will I need for my classification appointment?
You will be required to bring any medical documentation you have on your disability. This may include doctors' and specialists' reports, MRI/CT/XRAY and nerve conduction study reports.
You will need to attend in your cycling clothing and have your bicycle and any adaptations or prostheses with you.
What to expect during the classification process
1. Information gathering on your disability and information on your time in the sport. The classifiers will review your medical documentation and look at any adaptations you may have.
2. Physical assessment to determine the effect your disability has on your general function as well as the function of riding a bike.
3. Rider observations either in or out of competition. After this you will then be given a classification class and a ‘review’ status for 12 months. Following this period you will be required to attend classification again in 12-18 months, after which your classification status may be confirmed.
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