- Published on 27 February 2015
Cycling is an exciting sporting event that tones muscles and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Special Olympics offers events from 500 meter time trials to 40 km road races.
Special Olympics athletes also can participate in Unified Sports® Cycling events. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports cycling, a tandem team consists of one Special Olympics athletes and one partner — the athlete or the partner may assume either the driver position (front) or the stoker position (rear) on the tandem.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
- Cycling was inaugurated at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games as a demonstration sport.
- In 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina, USA, 160 athletes from 29 Special Olympics Programs competed in cycling.
- At the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, 145 athletes from 27 countries competed in cycling.
- Today 685 athletes from MENA Programs compete in cycling.
- Time Trials:
- 500m Time Trial
- 1K Time Trial
- 5K Time Trial
- 10K Time Trial
- Road Races:
- 5K Road Race
- 10K Road Race
- 15K Road Race
- 25K Road Race
- 40K Road Race
- 500 Meter Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial
- 1K Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial
- 5K Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial
- 10K Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial
- 25K Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial
- 40K Unified Sports Tandem Time Trial