Rio 2016 Paralympics – Road videos, media and more

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-21-21-37First, all my thoughts are with the family, friends, and team-mates of Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died during the men’s C4-5 road race.  So tragic, and a reminder that cycling is always a dangerous sport.  Articles about his death on the BBC and the Guardian – and about the tribute to Golbarnezhad at the Closing Ceremony.

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While the Rio 2016 Track Para-Cycling was almost all broadcast live, so we got a LOT of video, the Paralympic Road Racing wasn’t, so there’s less here – but I’ve got you some video, photos, articles, tweets and more.

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 Road Cycling page, including all the schedule, results, and other general information about the courses.  Overall report of the whole Paralympics road cycling on the UCI’s website.

UK-based highlights on the Channel 4 Paralympics site.  USA video 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, and the New Zealand Paralympians on the Attitude Live YouTube – for example this video profile of Amanda Cameron.

Day 1 – the ITTs

 

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Meet some of the 2016 Paralympic Cycling women – Part 2, C1-3 bike riders

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-21-21-37We’ve just finished a fantastic set of Track Cycling races that were all broadcast live – but since the Rio 2016 Paralympic Road Races won’t be televised, I thought I’d tell you a bit about some of the women who’ll be racing.  Of course I don’t have space for all of them, so if you have fun facts about riders I’ve missed, please do tell me, in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.

I’ve looked at the Tandem riders already, and now it’s the turn of the C1-3 Bike riders.  By far the biggest Paralympic category is riders on bicycles, and there are 5 categories, 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.

The women’s C1-3 categories race together for just 1 gold – the Time Trial on Wednesday 14th September, and the Road Race on Friday 16th – the schedule is here, and I hope there’ll be some form of live-timing.  I’ve put some information about the races at the bottom of the post – along with how I’ll be following them.

So, who’s racing?

Roxanne Burns, C3, South Africa

Roxy Burns is on her third Paralympics, and she’ll be racing the ITT in Rio, her last Paralympics at 28, and she’s looking to end on a high.  As her genetic condition, Ataxia Telangiectasia, is degenerative, she’s recently been reclassified from a C4 to a C3, and came 10th in the 500m and 11th in the Individual Pursuit.   She is this positive person, who has said:

I’m blessed to have AT so mildly. In fact, I’m grateful that I’m disabled. People find it strange when I say that, but I wouldn’t have had so many opportunities or have met so many people from all over the world otherwise.

Find out more about her in this article,She talks a little bit about some of the issues with the categories in the video below, and how her medical condition effects her cycling, including not being able to train as much.  Follow her on twitter at @roxy_burns.

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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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