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The Paralympic Road Cycling programme takes place at former Formula One Grand Prix ground Brands Hatch in Kent and is the third largest sport on the Paralympic schedule.

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What is Paralympic Road Cycling?


The extensive Paralympic Road Cycling programme takes place at Brands Hatch, the motor racing venue in Kent, from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th September. The third largest sport on the Paralympic programme, Road Cycling features athletes with a visual impairment, cerebral palsy, amputations or other physical disabilities competing on bikes, tricycles, tandems and handcycles. Athletes of 12 disability classes will take place in road races, time trials and team relays for a total of 32 medals events. An athlete's class is determined by the impact of their impairment on their ability to cycle; Tandem has one class, Handcycle (for athletes with lower limb disabilities) has four classes, Tricycle has two classes and Bicycle has five classes.


Who won Paralympic Road Cycling gold in Beijing in 2008?


Great Britain dominated the Cycling medals board in Beijing, taking home sixteen gold medals and four silvers, seven of which were won on the road. The USA team followed closely behind winning thirteen medals overall, Australia, Germany and Spain were all hot on their heels bagging a worthy collection of medals.


Do ParalympicsGB have a chance of Paralympic Road Cycling medals?


After 2008’s success the GB team must be feeling fairly unshakable. In 2011 some of the athletes got a chance to test their skills at the World Road Cycling Championships. The team didn’t disappoint and delivered two gold, two silver and six bronze medals. Cyclists participating in this year’s Paralympics include Sarah Storey, whose 2008 winning time in the Individual Pursuit was fast enough to have got into the top 8 at the Olympic Games. She hopes to add the 18 medals she has won over the last five Paralympic Games.  The team also features a number of promising servicemen and world record holders.


Where will the Paralympic Road Cycling take place?


Brands Hatch in Kent will host the Paralympic Road Cycling, the track has a long and renowned history in motor racing and has previously played host to 12 British Formula One Grand Prix. The track will race through Kent, the loop course is 7-10km and is ideal for challenging athletes from varying disability groups. Take a look at our handy map of the London Paralympics for a closer look at where all the sporting action is taking place.


When is the Paralympic Road Cycling?


The Road Cycling programme takes place on four days towards the end of the Paralympics, on Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th September. There will be a medal event on each day. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get to Paralympic Road Cycling at Brands Hatch?


Sevenoaks is the nearest destination to head to for Brands Hatch events. This can be easily reached from Blackfriars, Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East stations in London. The Sevenoaks station will run a shuttle service to the venue taking around 30 minutes.


How do I get tickets to the Paralympic Road Cycling?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic Road Cycling?


The classification rules have been changed and simplified slightly since Beijing. Cyclists with cerebral palsy, amputations, visual impairments and a number of other disabilities may compete in the Road Cycling events, and all athletes are classified into four groups with each group using either a tandem, hand cycle, tricycle or bicycle.


When did Road Cycling first appear in the Paralympics?


It was introduced to the Paralympic programme in 1984 at the New York/Stoke Mandeville Games. Track Cycling was added in Atlanta 1996.





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