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Events in 2013
2013 UCI Para-cycling World Cup Final in Matane : From August 22th to 25th
2013 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in Baie-Comeau : From August 29th to September 1st
What is para-cycling?
Paralympic sport since 1984, para-cycling is for athletes with a physical or sensory handicap. This adaptation of cycling allows competitors to compete on an equal footing in the context of a competition held exclusively for them. Riders are classified by degree of influence of their disability on the main determinants of their performance.
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The International Cycling Union (UCI) has been actively involved in para-cycling since 2002. The UCI and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) came to an agreement so that para-cycling can count on significant support from the UCI in its development. In February 2007, IPC and the UCI signed a historic agreement, transferring the governance of para-cycling internationally to UCI. The para-cycling has, therefore, become a separate discipline within the UCI, enjoying the same services as other cycling disciplines.
Since 2006, UCI annually holds Para-cycling World Championships on road and track, except in years where there are the Paralympics. In 2010, the UCI introduced a first Para-cycling Road World Cup , in addition to setting up a new classification system, which is based on the type of bike used by athletes and their degree of functionality, rather than depending on the type of disability only.
Photo credits Serge Roussel
The purpose of the Para-Cycling Classification is to minimise the impact of impairment on the outcome of competition, so that an athlete's success in competition relies on training, physical fitness and personal athletic talent. Classification is an on-going process whereby all athletes are under regular observation by Classifiers to ensure consistency and fairness for all athetes.
Handbike : H1 to H4
Tricycle : T1 to T2
Cycling : C1 to C5
Tandem : B
To learn more about the rules, read the UCI Cycling Regulations
Baie-Comeau, situated on the North Shore of Quebec, is the main city of the Manicouagan region. Counting approximately 24 000 citizens, Baie-Comeau extends its influence on over 100 000 inhabitants. The Manicouagan region is visited by approximately 500 000 people each year, mainly from June to September. This reflects the warmth and hospitality that the people of Baie-Comeau extend towards their visitors.
Not yet 75 years old, Baie-Comeau is a young and modern city. With a deep water harbor, an airport with direct flights to Montreal or Quebec, a heliport, public transportation and ferries that travel to the South Shore of Quebec, Baie-Comeau is an important regional center.
In terms of education, other than elementary schools and high schools, the city has a College, the CEGEP of Baie-Comeau and an international school thus ensuring higher education in the region. Baie-Comeau is equipped with high speed internet, has two local newspapers and three local radio stations. Finally, the town has a regional hospital and professional ambulance services.
If Baie-Comeau dominates the majestic Saint Lawrence River by its geographically advantageous emplacement, it is imperative to mention that the city is also located in the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve of the UNESCO, that is to say the Uapishka-Manicouagan Reserve, known for the quality of its biodiversity but also for its program of “model region for sustainable development”.
Moreover, Baie-Comeau is only a two hour drive from one of the most beautiful bays in the world, i.e. the bay of Tadoussac. One of the oldest municipalities of America, it is famous for its whale watching tours. The blue whales, humpbacks, fin whales and dolphins gather here every summer, furthermore, the region provides a habitat for one of the rare herd of belugas left on the planet.
Baie-Comeau is blessed since it benefits from the second highest total of sunlight hours annually in Canada, an advantage that makes it easier to enjoy its magnificent panoramas of mountains, forests and water.
The city of Baie-Comeau fully supports the initiative to host the World Championships in 2010 and will gladly share its grandiose seaside landscapes with anyone who visits the region.
Photo credits Baie-Comeau City Hall