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Para-cycling includes athletes who have a visual impairment, have cerebral palsy, amputations and other physical impairments. Cyclists with a visual impairment ride in tandem with a sighted guide, known as a pilot. There are also events on tricycles or hand cycles based on the disability. As is the case at the Olympics, competition is held on a track (velodrome) and on the road.

Para-cycling was first developed by cyclists with a visual impairment who competed using tandem bicycles. It was introduced as a Paralympic sport in Seoul in 1988. Track events were added for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Canada has earned para-cycling medals at every Paralympics except the 2004 Games in Athens.

Top stars include multiple world champion Shelley Gautier, a finalist in 2015 for the Laureus Sports Award for oustanding athlete in the world with a disability; and Robbi Weldon, a dual-sport athlete in both Nordic skiing and cycling, who won para-cycling gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with pilot Lyne Besette.

The competition program includes sprints, individual pursuits, the 1,000-metre time trial, road races and road time trials for both individuals and teams.

More Information
Arnaud Litou
Supervisor Para-cycling, Cycling Canada
613-248- 1353 ext. 2613
Nicholas Vipond
High Performance & Games Enhancements
613-569-4333 x226
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