Cycling requires good physical condition, endurance, and tactics. Special Olympics competition events consist of time trials and road race events in different distances. Every athlete riding his/her bike strives to ride the fastest possible time and arrive at the finish line first.
Cycling is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from March through October. Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2021 season.
Refer to our Return to Activity section to learn about COVID-19 protocols and rules involved for in-person competition.
We don’t have any upcoming events at this time, but please check back and join us at one of our events in the future.
Additional Cycling Information
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 traveling down the arm, or pain between the shoulder blades
- shortness of breath
- a rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Athletes may compete in a maximum of two (2) events that are consecutive in distance
(e.g., the 500M time trial and 1K time trial).
- An athlete may not compete in a balance bike exhibition and a traditional cycling event.
- The Balance Bike 150M Time Trial will be at Fall Games only as an exhibition.
Athletes must participate in the sectional competition in order to advance to Fall Games. Coaches are responsible for submitting an activation list at the sectional competition for those athletes who choose to compete in Fall Games.
All athletes and coaches must have completed the COVID and Communicable Disease Waivers before the sectional.
• The North and South Sectionals will both take place on the same date
at the same location of Skillman Park in Montgomery. The North Sectional will take
place in the morning, while the South Sectional will begin in the early afternoon.
• The Maximum Effort Rule will be enforced at 30%. Athletes may not exceed
this percentage of improvement from their divisioning score to their final score. If an athlete
exceeds this performance percentage, event disqualification will take place. For further
information, please see pages 16-17 of Article 1: Sports Rules Document.
• 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.
• Lunch will not be served at sectional competition. Lunch will be served on a 4:1 athlete to
coach ratio at Fall Games.