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.


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

September 18, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Legends Merckx and Van Himst show true support to Special Olympics athletes

By Suzanne Coogan

Eddy Merckx and Paul Van HImst enjoy some fun with Special Olympics athletes at European Games 2014, Antwerp

Two of the world’s biggest sporting icons, Eddy Merckx & Paul Van Himst, showed their passion for Special Olympics by meeting athletes competing at the European Games.View Story Two of the world’s biggest sporting icons, Eddy Merckx & Paul Van Himst, showed their passion for Special Olympics by meeting athletes competing at the European Games. Described as the world’s greatest ever cyclist Eddy Merckx & Belgium’s top goal scorer Van Himst presented medals to football and cycling athletes on day four of competition. Five times winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia each and World Champion three times, Merckx said: “The passion of Special Olympics athletes is an example to us all. Games like these don't focus on disabilities only abilities,” Merckx added. Soccer legend Paul Van Himst watched pitch side when Special Olympics Belgium were victorious in their match against Special Olympics Luxembourg. “I admire Special Olympics athletes because they are motivated and hungry to perform. It is inspiring to be here. Games like these really make a difference in society,” said Van Himst.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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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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Sep 26 - 28 2014

State Fall Games

Nearly 1,800 Special Olympics Michigan athletes from all across the state will converge on southeast Michigan for the inaugural Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games, September 26-28. Athletes will compete in Flag Football and Cycling at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Soccer at Independence Park in Canton, Softball at the Canton Softball Complex, and Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti. Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be a part of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Along with winning gold at the 2014 Olympics, the pair captured silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were World Champions in 2011 and 2013. This past spring, the Michigan natives competed against each other on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars where Davis teamed up with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. In addition to athletic competition there will also be a Young Athletes Festival for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and a Healthy Athletes Village where athletes will receive free health screenings.
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Aaron Mills
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Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 S Huron St,

Ypsilanti, Michigan

October 11, 2014

Metric Century Ride

Metric century (60 Mile) loop bike ride and mountain bike trail (25 mile loop) offered. Registration includes T-Shirt and Refreshments. Proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Area 15 (Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda).
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Boyd Pond Park
373 Boyd Pond Rd

Aiken, South Carolina

October 25, 2014

Fall Sports Fest

Join us on 10 October 2014 for our annual Fall Sports Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in various sports competitions. Events will include: Cycling – 500m time trial, 1k time trial, 2k time trial, 5k road race, 10k road race; Flag Football – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition; Long Distance Running – Traditional 800m run/walk, traditional 1500m run/walk, Unified 1500m run/walk, 3k race, 5k race, 10k race; Power Lifting – bench Press, dead Lift, combination (bench Press and dead lift); Tennis – individual skills competition, traditional singles, traditional doubles – level 2 and level 5, Unified doubles competition – level 2 and level 5. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, Maryland

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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Los Angeles , California

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Cycling Competitions

2014 European Summer Games

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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