Many former able-bodied sporting stars have made waves in Para Cycling including ex-Formula One driver and Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi. Today, Para Cycling is one of the world’s fastest growing disability sports and one of the biggest sports at the Paralympic Games in terms of medal events.
Para cycling offers something for everyone who wants to get on a bike. In Singapore, SDSC works with the Para Cycling Federation of Singapore (PCFS) to train and develop Para Cyclists in three classes: Handcycles, Bicycles and Tandems. Persons with physical impairment can train/compete on bicycles or handcycles (handcycling requires peddling the handbike sitting down using arm power, improving core muscles); while those with a visual impairment train/compete on tandems with a sighted ‘pilot’, working with their legs to reach break neck speeds. Para-Cycling is divided into track and road events and is suitable for all levels.
What’s in it for you?
Para Cycling brings about a copious amount of physical and mental health benefits. It provides participants with a low impact fat-burning cardio workout and offers alternative rehabilitative physiotherapy for people who are recovering from injury or who with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, stroke and amputations. The sport takes participants on an exhilarating journey towards a healthier lifestyle and helps nurture a mindset of perseverance that comes from adapting to weather conditions and the unpredictability of road races. Whether it is in a racing arena or against the beating wind on the road, Para Cycling promises high speed thrills and gives participants a taste of adventure.
✓Amputees ✓Cerebral Palsy ✓Spinal Cord Injury ✓Visual Impairment
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