Cycling

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


July 10, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Pedal Power in Special Olympics Nippon 5th Hiroshima Cycling Competition

By Karyn Tan

33 Japanese athletes from Hiroshima, Tokushima and Kumamoto participated in the Special Olympics Nippon Hiroshima Cycling Competition 2014 last weekend.View Story 33 Japanese athletes from Hiroshima, Tokushima and Kumamoto participated in the Special Olympics Nippon Hiroshima Cycling Competition 2014 last weekend. The event featured road races from 5 to 25km, and 400m and 800m track races in the Hiroshima Velodrome. Professional Keirin racers (a form of road-bike racing) also provided a cycling demo for the athletes. Now in its fifth year, the competition is supported by the Hiroshima Cycling Federation.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region.
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June 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Cycling up the French Alps for Special Olympics

By Nolwen Grassin

The team savors its victory as Lionel passed on his Special Olympics champion cycling shirt. Galibier Pass, June 12, 2014 (photo Courtesy of Jean-Marie Wilmet)

On Tuesday June 12, 2014, Lionel Wilmet (35), a Special Olympics cyclist from Belgium, achieved his dream of climbing the Galibier Pass (2,645m), in the French Alps, to raise funds for Special Olympics.View Story On Tuesday June 12, 2014, Lionel Wilmet (35), a Special Olympics cyclist from Belgium, achieved his dream of climbing the Galibier Pass (2,645m), in the French Alps, to raise funds for Special Olympics. In 2008, Lionel dreamt a big dream: climb up passes of the Tour de France. Since then, he has climbed more than twenty passes, in tandem with his father, Jean-Marie (60). But this was not enough for the ambitious young man. Belgium will host the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games (September 9 to 21, 2014). “I heard the cycling venue needed showers and changing rooms but the budget was limited. This is when I decided to cycle to raise funds,” he remembers. Nine months of intensive training and tough diet later, Lionel achieved his dream. My message is “Include us because we belong. We too are great sportsmen.” (Donations: Special Olympics Belgium- Mention ‘Lionel Wilmet’ IBAN: BE92 2100 1301 4523; BIC: GEBA BE BB)

About Nolwen Grassin:Athlete Leadership Programs, Europe/Eurasia Our goal is to highlight the skills of Special Olympics athletes.
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June 06, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

The Accident and The Athlete

By Megan ODonnell

Darius Robinson got help for his injured cycling coach Ron Stipe during a practice this spring.

On his back, in pain and struggling to breathe, Special Olympics Cabarrus County cycling coach Ron Stipe, could hear athlete Darius Robinson tell a passer-by, “Yes dial those three numbers, 9-1-1.”View Story On his back, in pain and struggling to breathe, Special Olympics Cabarrus County cycling coach Ron Stipe, could hear athlete Darius Robinson tell a passer-by, “Yes dial those three numbers, 9-1-1.” It was April 13th, Stipe and Robinson’s first outdoor practice in preparation for Robinson’s opportunity to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. The two had spent the better part of an hour working on Robinson’s pacing while taking laps on the service road around Charlotte Motor Speedway. On their last lap, Stipe sailing along at 40-45 miles per hour, turned to see why Darius has fallen off pace with him. Upon looking back at the road, he realized he was in danger. The curb had come up on him too fast and he took a nasty spill. “I remember jumping off the bike because it was borrowed and I didn’t want it ruined. Then I tucked my arm underneath me and landed hard,” said Stipe. “Darius was my angel that day,” he recalled with emotion. “I just got a little too comfortable with new surroundings. He got me help and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived.”

About Megan ODonnell:VP of Communications for Special Olympics North Carolina.
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Cycling Events


Date

Event

Location

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 10 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

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

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Cycling Competitions

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

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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