Para-Cycling

Para-Cycling is part of the U.S. Paralympic program governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) internationally (Handcycling is only one of four disciplines within Para-Cycling).


2018 Recreational Group Rides

Group rides will be Thursday evenings in the summer from 6:30 - 9:00 pm until the weather makes it unpleasant to continue. Meeting spots are subject to change (due to a variety of reasons - this list will be updated as will the Events on the Paralympic Sport Club Alaska Facebook page). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (must be coordinated in advance - $5 fee per ride for bike rentals). All rides are out-and-back, meaning we'll end at the same place we start.
 
If you need to reserve one of Challenge Alaska's cycles, requests must be received by 10AM the day of that week's ride. Cycles will be designated based on the following factors:

The cycles used for these rides are available for rent  Friday morning through Wednesday noon on a week-to-week basis, during the cycling season, depending on the cycle and demand. 

If you have never ridden with us, please schedule a time for an initial fitting outside of group ride times. 

Local rides feature traditional as well as adaptive cycles (including handcycles). Friends and family are encouraged to join us. All riders that are part of our group must wear a helmet and have a current waiver on file with us before riding (signed by parent/guardian if under 18).
 

May 17 - Goose Lake Park parking lot. Ride toward ANMC Campus then toward Peanut Farm and back.
May 24 - Point Woronzof Overlook parking lot. Ride toward/to Kincaid park and back.
May 31 - Bartlett High School (pool/gym side). Out and back to/toward Eagle River weigh station. 
June 7 - Goose Lake Park parking lot. Ride toward ANMC Campus then toward Peanut Farm and back.
June 14 - Point Woronzof Overlook parking lot. Ride toward/to Kincaid park and back.
June 21 - Bartlett High School (pool/gym side). Out and back to/toward Eagle River weigh station.
June 28 - Goose Lake Park parking lot. Ride toward ANMC Campus then toward Peanut Farm and back.
July 5 - Point Woronzof Overlook parking lot. Ride toward/to Kincaid park and back.
July 12 - Bartlett High School (pool/gym side). Out and back to/toward Eagle River weigh station.
July 19 - Goose Lake Park parking lot. Ride toward ANMC Campus then toward Peanut Farm and back.
July 26 - Point Woronzof Overlook parking lot. Ride toward/to Kincaid park and back.
August 2 - NO RIDE THIS WEEK
August 9 - Bartlett High School (pool/gym side). Out and back to/toward Eagle River weigh station.
August 16 - Goose Lake Park parking lot. Ride toward ANMC Campus then toward Peanut Farm and back.
August 23 - Point Woronzof Overlook parking lot. Ride toward/to Kincaid park and back.

  


2018 Para-Cycling Criterium Races *** NEW FOR 2018

Click here for results from WEEK 1

Challenge Alaska will host a 6 week criterium series at Cuddy Family Park's skating oval in mid-town. These races are designed to introduce Para-Cyclists of all ages to the sport of racing on a closed loop course. No experience in racing is needed but racers should have some riding experience. 

Cyclists will be grouped according to age and disability type following the classification system used by the Paralympics. Race days will be Tuesday's June 12 - July 17. Cost to participate are:

All racers must wear an approved bicycle helmet and must be able to ride/race safely within a group. Racers may be asked to demonstrate their ability to ride along a per-determined course prior to being allowed to race. Final determinations regarding a racers participation rests with race director. 

What is a criterium: A criterium is a race held on a closed course - in this case, the 400 meter Skating Loop at Cuddy Park. The race is timed and racers will ride as many laps as they can within the time allowed. Once time has expired, a bell will be rung and racers will finish their last lap following the bell. When they cross the finish line their time will be recorded (all except the Pre J group, for whom times will not be kept or posted). The finishing time of each racer will be divided by the number of laps completed, to determine each racer's average lap time. That time will then be multiplied by the number of laps completed by person in first place to determine each racer's final adjusted time. Even though the system sounds complicated its used world wide in traditional cycling and Para-cycling races to hold criteriums.

Below is the anticipated schedule for racing for the 2018 series:

 AGE / ABILITY

 Tri / Bicyclists (C1-C5, T1 - T2)

 Handcyclists (H1-H5)  Blind Cyclists (B1 - B3, B+)

 PRE J (ages 9  & under)

 6:20 PM start, 10 minute race  6:20 pm start, 10 minute race  6:20 pm start, 10 minute race

 Juniors (ages 10-18)

 6:35 pm start, 15 minute race  6:35 pm start, 15 minute race  6:35 pm start, 15 minute race

 Seniors (ages 19-34)

 7:00 PM start, 30 minute race  7:35 pm start, 30 minute race  8:15 pm start, 30 minute race

 Masters(ages 35+)

 7:00 PM start, 30 minute race  7:35 pm start, 30 minute race  8:15 pm start, 30 minute race

 

Interested racers should contact Jeff at (907) 344-7270 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Challenge Alaska cycles can be made available to use for racing with advance notice and planning.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with this racing series. Please contact Jeff at (907) 344-7270 as soon as possible if you'd like to help with this event. 

WEEK 1 Criterium Results