The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has awarded Huntsville, Alabama the first ever Para-cycling Road World Cup event to take place in the United States.
The amateur cycling races for top-level international para-athletes will take place over Memorial Day (26-29 May) holiday weekend, with 300+ para-cyclists from over 40 countries expected to participate.
Huntsville hosted two very successful United States Paralympics Cycling national caliber races over the last two years and now has opportunity to step up to the world para-cycling stage in 2023.
“We are incredibly honored UCI has selected Huntsville to host this premiere series of races,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in a press release. “The Rocket City is definitely up to the challenge, and we look forward to hosting teams from all over the world.”
The daily competition will include time trials and road races plus a team-relay for different para-cycling sport groups, including conventional two-wheeled cycles, handcycles, tricycles and two-person tandem teams for the visually impaired. Each group is also divided into different categories depending on handicap severity.