The Manchester Para-Cycling International returns to the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester, home of the Great Britain Cycling Team, from 29 November – 1 December 2019.
The Manchester Para-Cycling International has established itself as a key event in the diary, and the 2019 event will allow athletes to gain qualifying points for Tokyo 2020.
The event will also follow hot on the heels of the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup in London which, in a global first, will see para-events take place – another significant step forward for para-cycling.
On show at the Manchester Para-Cycling International will be the full range of para-cycling track events, which cater for
individuals with cerebral palsy, visual impairments and physical impairments, competing on either single or tandem bikes. Athletes are categorised, and the categories are broken down as follows:
- C1-C5 is for athletes with cerebral palsy, amputees and other conditions who can ride a bike.
- B is for visually impaired cyclists who compete on tandem bikes with a pilot.
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Due to an alteration in the UCI’s track calendar, staging the para-cycling events during the HSBC UK | National Track Championships would lead to a weakened field and less competitive schedule, as the country’s elite para-cyclists will be preparing for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, which take place in Canada during the following week.
In response to this, British Cycling has taken the decision to stage the para-cycling national track championships earlier on in the season, and in order to provide what will hopefully be a truly unique and inspirational showcase of para-cycling, will combine this event with the UCI Para-cycling International. British riders will therefore be able to compete for national titles and whilst riding alongside some of the very best para-cyclists in the world during the weekend of November 29-December 1 2019, at the usual venue of the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. Para-cycling events will again be staged as part of the HSBC UK | National Track Championships from 2021 onwards.
The inclusion of para-cycling at the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup, and the continuing development of the Manchester Para-Cycling International are representative of British Cycling’s determination to ensure that cycling is as inclusive as possible. Our para-cyclists act as role models for countless people, and British Cycling’s network of disability hubs aims to provide access to the sport for people with a disability and ensure that those wanting to improve their cycling performance receive the support they need.
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