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To excel at cycling, an athlete needs uncommon endurance, explosive speed and the intelligence to know the best time to use it. These Soldiers show the kind of physical and mental stamina that enables them to overcome their challenges.


  • The cycling competition includes hand, recumbent, upright and tandem bicycles. Competition distances are 10 km, 20 km, and 30 km based on type of bicycle and athlete classification.


  • Athletes are assigned classification categories based on functional abilities including impaired muscle power/range of movement, limb deficiency and visual impairment
  • Competition classifications are based on the type of bicycle used, as well as, an athlete’s disability. The lower the athlete’s class number, the greater the functional limitations.


  • Cyclists who have limited use of their lower body use handcycles. Handcycles allow athletes to use their arms to power the bicycle as opposed to their legs. Most handcycle athletes compete in a reclined position while others kneel.
  • Tandem cycling requires two cyclists on one bicycle. The bicycle is specially designed with two seats and two sets of pedals. Only the front cyclist can turn the bike. Visually impaired cyclists ride tandem.