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Special Olympics Arizona athlete Roxanne Johnson pedaling the 40-mile segment of the 2014 El Tour de Tucson, an annual fundraiser near Tucson that promoted Special Olympics in its 2014 race.

This page draws together cycling-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics cycling.  View the Cycling Fact Sheet

Cycling is a fascinating sport that requires good physical condition, balance, endurance and tactics. Special Olympics include time trial and road race events in different distances. Every athlete riding his/ hers bike aims at traveling at the best possible time and arrive at the finish line first.


Cycling Stories and News


February 19, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Cycling.... way of life

By Avtar Singh

Cycling is the best means to improve respiratory and cardiovascular system. Besides improving strength, co-ordination and concentration, it induces agility in different ups and downs of life.View Story Cycling is the best means to improve respiratory and cardiovascular system. Besides improving strength, co-ordination and concentration, it induces agility in different ups and downs of life. For our Special Olympics athletes, cycling is a sure short rehabilitation sport as it ensures proper sleep, alertness, balance and best way to merge in the main stream of society with confidence and respect.

About Avtar Singh:Regional Trainer for Asia Pacific Countries (Presently serving Special Olympics Bharat on honorary basis) 7- Times National Champion in Cycling Time Trial Event Adjudged "Fastest Cyclist of India" several Times
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December 01, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

A Lesson in Perseverance: Robert Taylor’s mission to never give up

By Nidhi Singh

Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Robert Taylor

It was a grueling race for Special Olympics North Carolina cyclist Robert Anthony Taylor. Despite the agonizing pain and screaming exhaustion he felt during the 25k road race, the Charlotte resident kept his eyes on the finish line and pedaled faster.View Story It was a grueling race for Special Olympics North Carolina cyclist Robert Anthony Taylor. Despite the agonizing pain and screaming exhaustion he felt during the 25k road race, the Charlotte resident kept his eyes on the finish line and pedaled faster. Taylor soon began to notice that a fellow competitor in the Special Olympics NC Fall Tournament was ready to hit the brakes from sheer exhaustion. “I don’t want people to give up,” Taylor said. “I decided to ride next to him and tell him to keep going.”

About Nidhi Singh:I am the Communications Intern for Special Olympics North Carolina. Learning about Robert and his journey as an athlete inspired me and I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet and talk to him!
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October 27, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Believing In My Dreams

By Haseeb Abbasi

At National Games 2014 Karachi

Special Olympics Pakistan has broken the most difficult barrier of my life, my voice. Being autistic, verbal language was tough. My confidence to speak has improved tremendously since day one.View Story Hello, my name is Muhammad Haseeb Abbasi.I am sixteen years of age. I’m a proud Special Olympics Pakistan athlete. I recently went to Karachi to participate in Special Olympics Pakistan National Games 2014-2015. I took part in 10 km cycling competition and won a silver medal. To me winning or losing means you are still at the TOP, which is what Special Olympics, is all about. There is nothing to lose here. Special Olympics Pakistan has broken the most difficult barrier of my life was my voice. Being autistic, verbal language was tough. It was difficult for me to speak up for myself. My confidence to speak has improved tremendously since day one when my Coach Arshad Javaid believed in me and provided me with an opportunity on the stage with a microphone to introduce myself with fellow athletes of Special Olympics Pakistan. The biggest reward of my life from Special Olympics is that they have given me voice and I cannot imagine my life without Special Olympics Pakistan.

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Cycling Events


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Event

Location

May 15 - 16 2015

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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Akin Joseph
Email:akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone:352-243-9536
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ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

May 19 - 22 2015

Montana State Summer Games

Join us for the Montana State Summer Games centered in Missoula and the surrounding area. Special events and competition will include bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track & field, and golf. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Various Venues
Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Rhode Island State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island as over 1,500 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island compete in athletics, aquatics, cycling, bowling, motor activities training program, soccer, and powerlifting! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:(401) 349-4900
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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road

Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Jun 19 - 20 2015

Idaho State Summer Games

Come and cheer on our athletes during our State Summer Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 2 days of sport competition in athletics, basketball, aquatics, cycling and powerlifting. This event will be held on June 19-20 at in Moscow, Idaho. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Idaho
Phone:800-915-6510
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Moscow, Idaho
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

August 01, 2015

Upper Peninsula Cycling Tournament

Join us August 1st at Escanaba High School in Escanaba, Michigan as our athletes compete and show their skill in cycling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Joyce Destrampe
Email:area01@somi.org
Phone:906-428-3323
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Escanaba High School
500 S. Lincoln Road

Escanaba, Michigan
UNITED STATES

August 08, 2015

Northern Region Cycling Competition

Join us on August 8th in at Grayling High School in Grayling, Michigan as our athletes compete in day of cycling competition. Hope to see you there!
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Grayling High School
1135 North Old 27

Grayling, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

State Fall Games

The Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,700 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball and Golf. Flag Football at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Team Competition, Unified Teams, Skills Competition. Cycling at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Individual Events, Unified Teams. Soccer at Independence Park in Canton: 5, 7 and 11-a-side Team Competition; Unified Teams; Skills Competition. Softball at Canton Softball Complex in Canton: Team Competition, Unified Teams, T-Ball Competition, Skills Competition, Coach-pitch Demonstration. Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti: 9 Hole Individual, Unified Teams, Skills Competition.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:989-774-4393
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Independence Park, Chrysler Proving Grounds and Eagle Crest Golf Course
Canton, Chelsea and Ypsilanti, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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Cycling Competitions

2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

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Videos and Photos

Coaching in SerbiaCoaches from three countries met in Serbia to hone their skills.See slideshow »


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In Deep WaterGo feet first for one of the newest Special Olympics sports.See Slideshow »


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Summer SportsOur athletes run, jump, swim and score in summer.See Slideshow »


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Power of SportsSports are a powerful way to change our athlete’s lives.See Slideshow »


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First Unity CupSpecial Olympics uses football to promote understanding.See Slideshow »


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What We DoSports, health, education, community and more.See Slideshow »



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