Last week we got to see pretty much all the 2016 Paralympic Games Track Racing, which had some beautiful and brilliant moments, and was luxurious to see. Unfortunately the Road Cycling won’t be shown live, so we’ll have to rely on TV stations filming finishes, live timing on the Rio 2016 website (we hope) and maybe twitter.
Because there won’t be commentators telling us about the riders, I’ve pulled together some facts about some of them. I haven’t been able to get to every one of them, so if I’ve missed anything about your favourite rider, please do tell me in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit in the information, because there are some fantastic stories out there.
I’m starting with the Tandem riders, which I’ll do in country order, and I’ll tell you a little bit more about the Rio Tandem racing below the riders. Simply, a visually impaired Stoker sits behind a sighted Pilot, who’s in charge of steering. Tandem racing is all about partnership, as while racing tandems are really well engineered, they’re still a lot stiffer and harder to maneuver than a standard bicycle, especially in the corners and technical parts of the courses.
So who’s racing? The first rider in each pair is the Stoker, and the second is her Pilot.
I loved the 2016 Paralympic Track Cycling – so many amazing races, great riders and wonderful moments – so I’ve collected what I’ve found from it, so you can re-live it, or catch up on the racing if you missed it. I’ve focused on the women’s racing, because overwise this would go on for days, but of course, all the sources I’ve linked to include the men, if you want to have a look for more, and the general overviews include their races too.
Unfortunately, a lot of the videos are geo-restricted – some of the Paralympics YouTube clips are only available in countries without their own TV (but it’s hard to tell, so click each one to check – sorry), and the individual TV stations and often videos on news sites are often geo-retricted to their countries. However, you can use VPN services like Hola or Betternet, to see them (if you don’t know about VPNs, INRNG explains them)
Please forgive that fact I’ve got a lot of British-based coverage – it’s because it’s really good, and obviously because I get to see it! I’ve got coverage from other countries when I’ve seen it, but if you’ve seen good coverage from other countries that you want to share, please do let me know, and I’ll edit it in.
First, some general links and media – the Rio 2016 Track Cycling page, including all the schedule, results, and other general information about the velodrome; UCI photo gallery from the Velodrome; the Track Cycling playlist on the Paralympics YouTube
UK-based highlights on the Channel 4 Paralympics site. Seems like there’s lots of highlights on Team USA‘s website, but it’s all forbidden from my UK-based server. There are lots of video highlights of the Australian Paralympics on the 7Two YouTube.
We were so lucky this year, we had the entire final session from the 2015 Para-cycling Track Worlds streamed for us….
…but there’s a lot more that came out. Read on for photos, videos and results
Here’s Day 1 & Day 2 from the Dutch team’s perspective
All the results are on the UCI website, photos are on the Apeldoorn competition website, and I’ve found some reports from the different days. I’m posting the women’s videos, but you can see all the videos of the men’s races over on this great youtube.