This is going to be an incredible competition – the Para-cycling Track World Championships, in Aguascalientes, Mexico – 10th-13th April 2014. Track is always great racing, and the Aguascalientes velodrome is very fast indeed, and at altitude to boot – and given there are so very few chances for the para-cyclists to race on the track, they always bring it, and hard, with every opportunity they get.
Here’s the UCI’s portal, which includes the schedule, startlists and results – and it looks like there could be live streaming from there UPDATE! although the Ustream window and what looked like it would be a link to live streaming have disappeared from the page now… and apparently there’ll be video highlights on the UCI youtube at the end of each session – I’ll update with details as soon as I know more. And here’s the race website.
UPDATE! BBC Sport are there and filming, so there might be some British-focused media coming out – try their cycling or para-sport pages. And their journalist David McDaid will be tweeting updates from the competition (again, this could be Brit-focused)
I’ve made a twitter list of cyclists racing the Worlds, and I’m updating it all the time – there are some fantastic tweets, photos and media coming out from the riders, so follow them all! Here’s the Cycling Australia twitter list of their riders too.
British Cycling have their Para Worlds portal, where they’re putting up a ton of information even before the competition has started, including this gallery of photos from the training sessions before the team flew out They’re also putting up photos on their flickr. I love their videos, with riders talking about the competition. Here’s Sarah Storey, talking about what the competition means, and coming back to racing after giving birth to her daughter last year:
Tandem pair Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall talking about their first Worlds together
Of course Cycling Australia have a fantastic para-cycling portal, and they’ll have a ton of updates too – and you can follow the Aussie para worlds team on the CA twitter list. UPDATE! And they have a facebook account for the Para-Cyclones track team too – thanks Thomas!
UPDATE! And here’s a great tribute to the Aussie para-cycling champions by Russ Mullo
The USA Para-Cycling twitter is also excellent, full of photos; Cycling Canada have a small team, but they’re always good for coverage – follow their Cycling Canada PARA twitter and web portal; the New Zealand Paralympic Team will be tweeting updates and they have a lovely facebook with photos; the Irish Cycling Federation‘s twitter; and I think this is the Dutch Federation‘s portal.
I’ll update with more news sources as I find them – and if you see anything interesting, add it to the comments, or tell me on twitter. I’ll post after the competition with any videos and photos etc, so please do share them!
More information about Para-cycling on the UCI website