things to know
The handbike is powered by the strength of the arms. It is the perfect piece of sports equipment for amateur and competitive sports. Even a moderately trained or untrained wheelchair user can easily cover several kilometers on a handbike.
Competitive sports are also developing and at the same time the limits of what is possible are being pushed further and further. Since 2004, handcyclists have been represented at the Paralympic Games. This does not mean that the possibilities of the handbike have been exhausted. Recent developments show that the handbike is also enjoyed by people without disabilities.
Special features of the handbike
The handbike is equipped with a gear shift, which is easy to operate. With the help of the gears, slopes can be overcome more easily. A distinction is made between two basic types: the pretensioned bike, where the wheel can be mounted on almost any standard wheelchair, and the racing bike, which does not require a wheelchair.
With this "double bike" it is possible for blind and visually impaired people to practice the sport together with pilot riders.
Two-wheeler and tricycle
The question of which bike suits whom must be clarified on an individual basis. Thanks to a variety of technical solutions, riding a two-wheeler is now possible for people with amputations, limb damage and cerebral movement disorders. People with severe balance disorders, such as cerebral palsy, usually use racing tricycles for their sport.
On October 1, 2010, the current classification of physical limitations in paracycling was introduced. This classification is carried out by the UCI in coordination with the guidelines of the classification of the IPC.
The 14 categories are in turn differentiated by discipline, with the highest impairment designated by the lowest digit:
Category Cycling C1 – C5
are the categories of racing cyclists (two-wheelers)
Category Tandem B
Tandem for visually impaired persons, riding with a pilot without visual impairment.
Category Handbike H1 – H5
is the class of wheelchair riders who ride lying down or kneeling, propelling the handbike with their arms.
Category Tricycle T1, T2
For tricyclists there are categories T1 and T2.
For women and men, respectively, a "W" and an "M" are placed in front of the classification designation.
There are sufficient signposted parking spaces available at each venue. Here is an overview of the parking spaces available:
Lochen am See
Unfortunately no spectators are admitted!
Due to the current situation, we ask for your understanding that no spectators are admitted to the event for 2021. For all interested parties and relatives, we therefore offer the possibility to follow the event via our live stream.
2022 we are looking forward to having you all there again: 26-29.5.2022
Information for participants
To fully enable contact-tracing all athletes, team members and others will be registered compulsory daily at the accreditation desk.
It is mandatory within the complete event area (indoor and outdoor) to keep 2 m Distance, FFP2 masks and ensure hygiene measures. Allowed exception:
No mask from start of the race till end of the race (finishing line).
No 2 m distance after start of the race till end of the race (finishing line).
The daily proof of a negative test, vaccination or recovery in German or English language allows accessing and participation of the event.
Detailed information on the Covid 19 prevention measures can be found in the News section of our news article Covid-19-Information
The UEC European Paracycling Championships will take place on the same course as the Upper Austria Cycling Tour. As an inclusion event we are happy about the unique opportunity to bring together the elite from Europe in paracycling exclusively in Upper Austria together with the athletes with amateur or masters license or ÖRV BikeCARD holders. More information can be found at www.uactour.at
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