Meet some of the 2016 Paralympic Cycling women – Part 3, C4-5 bike riders

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-21-21-37I’m pulling together a series looking at some of the women who’ll be racing on the road in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  So far I’ve looked at the Tandem riders and C1-3 bike riders – and now it’s time for the C4-5 riders.

There are separate Individual Time Trials for the C4 and C5 riders, on Wednesday 14th September, and then a combined Road Race on Saturday 17th, with one one gold.

The bike riders are the  biggest Paralympic cycling category, and there are 5 levels, with C1 being the riders whose disabilites impact their cycling the most, and C5 the least.  There are a mix of visible and invisible disabilities within the same category – and different disabilities impact cycling in different ways – for example, a rider who can’t grip as hard, or pull on the bars, could find the climbing hard than a rider with a prosthetic etc.  Bikes may be modified to help riders in different ways, too.

Let’s look at the riders

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Katell Alençon, C4, France

Most of the Road riders have also ridden Track, but not French woman Alençon.  It’s strange, seeing how strong France are in the able-bodied Olympics, that they’re not developing Paracyclists as well, but Alonçon is bucking that treand.  It’s her first Games at 28, and although she started cycling aged 5, she started off as a wheelchair racer before moving to racing bikes

She won the ITT and Road Race in the Bilbao round of the 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup.  There’s more about her in this article, and this video

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Media from the 2016 Para-cycling Track Championships

Last week it was the 2016 Paracycling Track World Championships in Montechiari, and there were do many moments of great racing, making me really look forward to the Rio Paralympics (although I’ll always mourn the fact we won’t have women’s tandem sprint there because just wow!).  There was about an hour and a half of TV/streams on RAI Sport 2 every night, with some sessions streamed live, and while that hasn’t turned up online, there was more media from the racing – race reports, photo, and a little bit of video.  If you find more you liked, please do share, in the comments here, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it all in.

Lets start with the results – they’re all here on the they’re all here on the UCI results page.  And here’s a gallery of photos on the UCI website.  This post focuses on the women, but the same links will include things about the men- and check out Jody Cundy’s YouTube for videos of his races.  There’s a nice video from the UCI about the 500m/Kilo, with Jamie Whitmore, Joe Berenyi and Alistair Donohoe:

Day 1

Race report from the UCI, Cycling Australia, British Cycling (with video interviews), Cycling Canada, USA Paralympics and BBC report on the Brits.

Photo albums from British Cycling and Cycling Australia.

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Podcast 2015 Episode 26 – Sarah Counts Everything

Podcast logoAlright team, there’s been so much racing in the last week that not even Sarah could keep up with all of it! That doesn’t stop us from trying to tell you all about it, crack jokes and swear prolifically as we do so! Among other things, this week we cover the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, the Tour de l’Ardeche, MTB, BMX and more. Settle in and relax as we go round the world. (1:25:48 MIN / 82.38 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week

This week’s racing:

Videos, photos and links from the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Videos, photos and links from the 2015 MTB & Trials World Championships:

Tour de l’Ardèche – there’s a couple of photos, and the results from each stage on the race site, and the Marv Barras reports from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.  Race report from Velocio-SRAM and Dan’s favourite tweet:

We’ve only found one video, but since it’s Valentina Scandolara’s GoPro as she attacks, we’ll take that, happily!

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Podcast 2015 Episode 21 – Everything Means Troll in Norwegian

Podcast logoG’day team! This week Sarah and Dan actually aren’t rushing around between different job things and have time to talk about the Prudential Ride London (where Sarah commentated!), Sparkassen Giro, the Para-cycling World Cup and MTB World Cup. There’s also discussion of wolves and trolls! Don’t forget to check further down the page for HEAPS of videos from the week. (50:41 MIN / 48.66 MB)

 

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing

2015 Para-cycling Road World Championships

Photos on the race website, and on British Cycling’s flickrFull results.  Lots of race reports from the UCICycling Australia, USA Paralympics, Dutch Federation, British Cycling, Sportswomen.ie, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Canada, Paralympics New Zealand facebook,  and German Para-cycling facebook,

Aussie tricyclist Carol Cook’s great blogs about her ITT win and her road race – and Cook’s video interview with H1 handcyclist Emilie Miller, on her first ever Para Worlds.  Video highlights about the New Zealand team, and from the UCI, including a profile of Megan Fisher (there’s another profile video here, of Alex Zenardi)

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Prudential Ride London GP

Video highlights from BBC Sport (may be geo-restricted) and EurosportBarbara Guarischi talks about winning with her team

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The Alex Green interview transcript

Last month I podcast-interviewed Alexandra Green, the young Australian Para-cyclist who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and who has never come home from a Track World Cup without a medal.  We talked about what that was like, the mental gear-switch she had to make to go from being “able bodied with a limp” to being a disabled athlete, her work as the youngest board member of the Cerebal Palsy Alliance, being part of the Aussie Para-cycling team and much more.  You can listen to the interview over here, but I’ve transcribed it too, for people who prefer to read their interviews.

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You’re in middle of the Paralympic cycle, getting ready to aim for Rio.  How does that feel?

Alex: Yeah, two years to go, so it’s all ramping up from now.  Time has gone very quickly from London – it’s been a blur, there’s been no downtime really, and suddenly it’s two years and I’ll blink and it’ll be one year, and I’ll blink again and we’ll be there – hopefully! Hopefully I’ll be there! It’s going and it’s gone and it’s a whirlwind and there’s barely time to breathe.

Like most of the Paracyclists, you’re riding on the road and on the track – and you’ve only been riding since 2010, so when you won your bronze medal in the London Games, that was after two years of racing. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into cycling?

It’s a weird kind of thing. I grew up being told I don’t have a disability, just get on with it, so I spent my teenage years just being an able-bodied person with a limp, and then one day in 2007, I was watching a documentary about this girl trying to make the Para-equestrian team for Beijing, and it got me thinking, is my Cerebal Palsy enough to qualify me to go to a Paralympics?  And I googled the Australian Paralympic Committee, they had a talent search day, I went, I was eligible, and I got into rowing, because I lived by the water and I loved the water, and I’d always wanted to learn to row.

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Podcast Special Feature Episode 48 – Sarah interviews Alex Green

Alexandra Green is a young Australian Para-cyclist, who was the 2012 C4 Individual Pursuit World Champion, and 2012 Paralympic C4 IP bronze medallist – in fact she’s never ridden at the Para-Cycling Track World Champs without bringing back a medal.

I’ve loved her blogs and photos since 2012, so of course I wanted to talk to her – all about being in the mid-point of the Paralympic cycle, what it was like racing in London and preparing for Rio, knowing her family were watching her race live at the 2014 Para-Cycling Road World Championships, and her life off the bike, including being the youngest member of the Cerebal Palsy Alliance‘s Board of Directors, finishing her degree in Mechanical Engineering, and being part of the Aussie para-cycling family. (27:38 MIN / 26.55 MB)

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If you prefer to read your interviews, I’ve written up a transcript of this over here.

To find out more about her, head to her website, and follow her on twitter, facebook and instagram.  You can buy bikes from her at the Clarence Street Cyclery in Sydney.  Here’s the video of her getting her bronze medal at the London Paralympics, and here’s a video profile of her by Cycling Australia:

Celebrating Social Media – part 6 – Paralympians

I loved the Olympics, but even though it’s only Day 1, I think I might love the Paralympics even more!  The track cycling started today, and it was exhilarating!  To celebrate, here are some of the Paralympic cyclists I follow, who have great social media

Alex Green – Australia

I always love Alex Green’s blog for her photos and stories of her life on the bike, and off it as well.  Recently it’s given this happy, excited view of Britain, as she’s travelled around the country before heading to London…  where she won a bronze in the C4 pursuit, behind her fellow-Australian Susan Powell and the USA’s Megan Fisher.  I’m really happy for her, and if you read her blog, you will be too!

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