I’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.
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
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