The integration of para-cycling into the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has progressed considerably in a little over 10 years. To this date, para-cycling has been presented as a separate discipline, however, para-cyclists represent a category of athletes competing in road cycling and/or track cycling. To reflect this growing integration, the UCI has decided to no longer look at para-cycling as a discipline, but rather para-cyclists as a category of athlete.
To this end, the “Para-cycling” tab will disappear from the list of cycling disciplines that features on the homepage of the UCI website.
Instead, all UCI para-cycling road events (UCI World Cup and World Championships) will be found under the “Road” tab and all UCI para-cycling track events (UCI World Championships) under the “Track” tab. Other information regarding para-cycling (including news, UCI Hour Record, results, rankings, rules and regulations) will be available by clicking on the “Para-cycling” tab higher up on the homepage between the tabs “Cycling for All” and “Women’s”, other important areas given priority by the UCI.
The change was approved by the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in Middelfart, Denmark, held during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
“Since its integration into the UCI in 2007, para-cycling has grown enormously, said UCI President David Lappartient. In 2010, the UCI introduced the annual UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, with several rounds organised each year in the lead up to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. The UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships are also now held on an annual basis. Both these annual events have been named among the 13 UCI World Championships for different cycling disciplines that will be brought together as part of the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships. This unprecedented event will be organised in Glasgow and Scotland in August 2023, the year before the Paris 2024 Paralympics, further increasing para-cycling’s popularity and international recognition.”