Off-road para-cycling events to be held at MTB XC National Champs


USA Cycling and Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS) are pleased to announce two off-road para-cycling events will be held at this summer’s USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships for the first time. The off-road hand cycle and off-road two-wheeled competitions will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.
In additional to road cycling national championships, this year's mountain bike cross-country national championships will include para-cycling events.
In additional to road cycling national championships, this year's mountain bike cross-country national championships will include para-cycling events.
“This year is a perfect opportunity to introduce two off-road para-cycling events at the Mountain Bike Cross-country National Championships,” said USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk. “It’s been a collaborative effort with USA Cycling, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, US Handcycling, and US Paralympics.  We hope this establishes an event model to implement at future mountain bike national championships.”
The non-national championship events will take place on the short track cross-country (STXC) course and are scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. local time. Both races will be 15 minutes, plus one-lap with all riders will finishing on the leaders final lap.
"We are thrilled that USA Cycling has included a mountain bike event for athletes with disabilities,” said Ian Lawless, executive director of U.S. Handcycling. “Event organizers in Sun Valley are helping us set the bar high as Para-cycling continues to grow in the United States."
Anyone with a physical disability may register and participate. A one-day USA Cycling license will be required and all riders must sign the USA Cycling athlete release form. Online registration will open via the event webpage on May 4 at 11 a.m. EST at a cost of $30 per para-cycling race. On-site registration will be available on Wednesday, July 4.
“U.S Paralympics is both honored and excited with the inclusion of a para mountain bike category at the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-country National Championships,” said Craig Griffin, U.S. Paralympics director of high performance-cycling. “As far as I know, this is a first for para-cycling – not just in the USA, but the world, and will showcase an amazing display of courage and athleticism.”
All equipment must be human powered. No equipment may be motorized or assisted and must pass inspection prior to staging for the start. Athletes will be divided in to two main groups, standing and sitting, with separate starts for both groups in each race. Standing athletes with upper and/or lower extremity disabilities compete on standard mountain bikes, with various adaptations. Sitting athletes compete on handcycles specifically designed for off-road riding.
Adaptive vendors will be on hand in the event’s expo area to offer product demos. Expo space will be provided at no charge for any adaptive program wishing to participate. A tech/expo application must be completed and submitted to reserve space. SVAS may also have equipment on loan for the event.
Please visit the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships official event webpage for further information including a full event schedule, eligibility, local accommodations and more. 
US Handcycling
United States Handcycling Federation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation designed to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments. The Corporation is an association of individuals and organizations operating within the meaning of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Additional information:  
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS), is a nonprofit organization located in Ketchum, Idaho.  In 1999, SVAS incorporated, achieved 501(c)(3) status, and became a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. SVAS offers high-quality programs that are safe, fun, and produce measurable outcomes. SVAS primary qualifications for local participants include all physical and cognitive disabilities. SVAS specializes in serving veterans with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, visual impairments, and polytrauma through their Higher Ground program.  Additional information:
U.S. Paralympics
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Formed in 2001, U.S. Paralympics offers education, sports programs and partnerships with community organizations, medical facilities and government agencies.
About USA Cycling   
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000+ licensees; 3,000+ clubs and teams; and 35 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 3,000 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit

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