Para Cycling Classification

Para Cycling Classification


Classification is undertaken to define who is eligible to compete in para cycling and is  necessary part of the pathway. It ensures a fair competition. Classification groups riders into sport classes, which aim to ensure that the impact of impairment is minimised and that sporting excellence determines which rider is ultimately victorious.

Riders with a physical impairment or a visual impairment may be eligible to compete and perform in para cycling.

There are four divisions determined by type of bicycle. Each division is then subdivided into sport classes depending on the type and severity of an impairment.

The Bikes and Sport Classes and Events

Bike C1-5

Tandem B

Tricycle T1-2

Handcycle H1-4

This division is for riders with a physical impairments such as an cerebral palsy and amputee. The bike may be adapted to assist the rider.

This division is for visually impaired riders. VI riders will ride a tandem with a pilot (sighted guide) at the front.

Trikes are for riders with a physical impairment who may require additional stability. 

Hand cycles are for riders with a physical impairment which affects both legs or a combination of the upper and lower limbs. For example a spinal cord injury. 

 Bike C1-5 Tandem cycling for Para Cycling   Tricycle for Para cycling  Handcycle for para cycling page 
There are road and track events for athletes competing in C division. Riders competing in the B division can take part in road races and track races. Riders using trikes take part in road events. Riders using handcycles compete in road events.

How to get Classified

Formal national classification assessments are completed in person with a trained classification panel. Classification opportunities are held throughout the year at various times in different locations across the UK.

We encourage individuals to undertake a classification assessment before they enter any Para-Cycling race, however, in some cases a provisional class can be given to an athlete, allowing them to compete on the provision that they attend the next available classification date.

To receive a classification assessment appointment athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least one of the eligible impairment types listed in the eligible impairment type table (download)  
  • Hold a British passport.

Athletes will need to complete a form: