Para-cycling will feature at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane, organisers have announced.
Para-cycling competitions at the event will include the time trial, individual pursuit and scratch race at the Anna Meares Velodrome, with points offered towards next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
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The Track Cycling World Cup, due to take place between December 13 and 15, will see athletes seek Olympic qualification points, with the Para-cycling events set to be incorporated onto the programme in Brisbane.
“It is awesome to have the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Brisbane in December,” Australia’s Paralympic and world champion David Nicholas said.
“It will be great to show off the rainbow bands as the current C3 individual pursuit champion.
“It is going to be really good preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games, and hopefully the humidity and temperature will replicate the conditions the team will experience in Tokyo.”
The Velodrome hosted track cycling during last year’s Commonwealth Games, with Para-cycling events having also featured on the programme.
Kate Jones, Queensland’s Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, welcomed the opportunity to have further top level Para-cycling events at the venue.
“Hosting the World Cup Series in Brisbane is a perfect opportunity to showcase Brisbane to athletes from about 40 countries,” Jones said.
“Para-sports were an integral part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and I’m thrilled to see Para-cycling feature prominently in the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
“Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in world-class facilities, while also enjoying our unique tourism offerings before, during and after their stay.”