Cycling requires good physical condition, endurance and tactics. Special Olympics include time trial and road race events in different distances. Every athlete riding his/her bike aims at traveling at the best possible time and arrive at the finish line first.

Cycling is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from March through October.

Competition this year will consist of in-person events at the two Sectional competitions, at-home through the Virtual Bike SONJ: Ride for Inclusion event, or both! Virtual competition will be open from September 24th through October 24th.

2020 Cycling Fact Sheet

Virtual Fall Competition FAQs


Available In-Person Events

North Cycling Sectional

REQUIRED: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have a valid medical and coach requirements completed!

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Skillman Park
Main Boulevard
Skillman, New Jersey 08558
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Events: 

  • 500M Time Trial
  • 5K Time Trial
  • 1K Time Trial
  • 10K Road Race
  • Balance Bike 150M Road Race
  • Balance Bike 250M Road Race

Areas Attending: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12

Register for North Cycling

Keep track of your practice times with this fillable and printable Fall Activities Tracker !

South Cycling Sectional

REQUIRED: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have a valid medical and coach requirements completed!

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Location: Skillman Park
Main Boulevard
Skillman, New Jersey 08558
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Events: 

  • 500M Time Trial
  • 5K Time Trial
  • 1K Time Trial
  • 10K Road Race
  • Balance Bike 150M Road Race
  • Balance Bike 250M Road Race

Areas Attending: 7, 8, 13

Register for South Cycling

Keep track of your practice times with this fillable and printable Fall Activities Tracker!


Available Virtual Events

Virtual Bike SONJ: Ride for Inclusion

REQUIRED: In order to participate, all SONJ athletes must have a valid medical completed!

How to participate:

  • The route and distance you bike is completely up to you!
  • Record and track your ride by downloading the Strava App to your phone.
  • Once you download, you can then join the 2020 Virtual Bike SONJ: Ride for Inclusion Challenge Club.  Once you join the club, we will add you to the event and you are all set to ride!
  • In the Strava app, start recording your ride by pressing "Record."  Press "Stop" once you've completed your ride.
  • The Strava app will automatically synch your time and distance to the 2020 Virtual Ride for Inclusion Challenge Club page.
  • You are NOT required to use the app or submit a time and distance to participate.  It just serves as a fun and competitive way to compete virtually with your peers.


Event Dates: 
You have from Thursday, September 24th to Saturday, October 24th to complete your ride.  Registration will close on October 24th.

Prizes:

  • All registered participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, ride bib, and finisher medal.
  • Items will be mailed to the address provided in the registration.
  • Additional incentives are available to those who reach certain fundraising goals!  See additional incentives here.

Registration:

  • Registration for SONJ athletes is FREE.  We encourage athletes to ask friends and family to donate to their ride.  Donations can be made through bikesonj.org.
  • Registration for all non-athletes (coaches, Unified partners, family members, etc.) is $45.

Register as an SONJ Athlete   Register as a Non-Athlete

For more information, visit bikesonj.org!


2020 State Event

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Fall Games state event for 2020.   Competition will be held in-person at the two  Sectional venues, or at-home through virtual competition.


Additional Info

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Participation Information
  • Athletes may compete in a maximum of two (2) in-person events that are consecutive in distance, e.g., the 500M time trial and 1K time trial.
  • Athletes are permitted to compete in as many at-home "virtual" events as they choose.
  • An athlete may not compete in a balance bike race and a traditional cycling event.
  • The Balance Bike 150M & 250M Time Trial will be Exhibition events only.
Criteria for Advancement

This will be the culminating competition for cycling.  Fall Games competition will not be held in 2020.  This competition is NOT a qualifying event for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

General Guidelines
  • Please be reminded that the North and South Sectionals will take place on different days in 2020!  Both sectionals will be held at Skillman Park in Montgomery, as they were last year.  The North Sectional will take place on Saturday 10/24, while the South Sectional will take place on Sunday 10/25.
  • The Maximum Effect Rule will be waived during the 2020 Cycling competitions. 
  • There will be no mass starts during the 2020 Cycling competitions.
  • Athletes and coaches must provide their own bicycle and ANSI certified helmet.
  • All bicycles must be in good working order and safe for competition.
  • Cycling shirts and shorts are recommended. No jeans, dress shoes or casual shirts will be allowed.

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