In partnership with U.S. Handcycling (USHF), Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and U.S. Paralympics, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will host a series of “Learn to Race” Cycling Development Camps for riders with physical disabilities. The next camp is at The Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, AL, from January 15 to 22, 2011.
Who Can Participate
Athletes must fall under one of the UCI (Union Cycliste International) sanctioned classifications: be legally blind, have cerebral palsy or a head injury, have a significant amputation or have a lower mobility impairment (e.g., spinal cord injury). Disabled military veterans and active service members are strongly encouraged to attend. Athletes must also possess the fitness and equipment necessary to make it through the week-long cycling camp. Approved bikes are tandem bikes, handcycles, upright tricycles and single bikes.
“Learn to Race”
Cyclists can expect to learn bike handling skills, safe riding techniques and, most importantly, road racing strategies. Riders are on their bikes twice per day and will ride 150 to 200 miles for the week. Athletes will practice skills, engage in race simulations and have nightly classroom lectures.
Upcoming Cycling Camps
April 2011 in San Diego, CA
June 2011 in Colorado Springs, CO
For more information, contact:
Pam Fernandes, Camp Coordinator