Athletes Without Limits is looking for talented cyclists with intellectual disability to represent the US at upcoming national and international cycling events.
As the US member of INAS, Athletes Without Limits offers opportunities for US cyclists to compete at the highest levels in their sport. International competitions are already being organized by INAS and are run according to UCI rules and distances. Just like in Olympic competition, there are no separate categories by ability level—the top three competitors win Gold, Silver and Bronze in each event. Overall winners will be based on finishes of each event.
Qualified athletes may be able to travel to national and international competitions with the US delegation. Athletes must meet the INAS eligibility requirements and complete the eligibility application to be considered. Please review eligibility guidelines and contact us if you know of any athletes who may be interested in competing in or aspiring to compete in national and international elite level competition. We look forward to meeting you!
International: INAS Cycling
The International Federation for Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability (INAS) offers world championship level cycling events and stage races for cyclists with intellectual disability. INAS competitors are an elite group of athletes from around the world making great achievements in cycling and other sports, and we are proud that US cyclist Syd Lea is among them—taking 2nd overall in a 5-day stage race at the 2009 Global Games.
But Syd needs teammates in order to be as competitive as possible and in order for the US to participate in team time trial events, therefore Athletes Without Limits is actively recruiting talented cyclists with intellectual disability to join the our US Cycling Team.
Interested US athletes will work with Athletes Without Limits (the US member of INAS) to complete the athlete eligibility process in order to compete in INAS events. Athletes Without Limits will organize trips to INAS cycling events based on athlete interest. Please contact us for more information.
All INAS-FID cycling competitions are held according to INAS Cycling Specifications and are officiated by the International Cycling Union (UCI). As with all INAS competitions, only the top athletes in each event win; there are no separate divisions by ability level as in Special Olympic events.
National: Cycling Opportunities in the US
Those new to road cycling may want to try a Special Olympics cycling event. Athletes Without Limits co-founders Tracy Lea and Barry Holman organize a Special Olympics Cycling event that is paired with a Juniors (non-disabled) event each year.
Athletes are also encouraged look for a local club or team to train with and when ready join USA Cycling to compete in mainstream cycling events. Newly registered athletes begin as Category 5 (beginner) racers and can move up to higher categories through race results. Athletes may want to consider participating in Road Races and/or Time Trials in spring and summer as well as Cyclocross events in the fall.
Cycling News & Events:
October 26, 2011 – Athletes Without Limits has partnered with Champion System Worldwide Custom Technical Apparel, as official clothing supplier for 2011-2012. Athletes Without Limits works to help athletes with intellectual disability integrate and accelerate in sports and in life and together with Champion System will work to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness in sport for individuals of all abilities. In addition to supplying the technical gear for the 2011 Global Games US Team athletes participating in cycling, rowing and track...
October 10, 2011 Washington, DC – Six elite athletes with intellectual disability represented the United States at the INAS Global Games World Championships in Italy from September 24 – October 3. Nearly 700 athletes from 40 countries competed in swimming, athletics, tennis, basketball, indoor soccer, cycling, and table tennis. The Global Games are a major preparatory competition for the London 2012 Paralympic Games where for the first time since 2000 people with intellectual disability will be compete in swimming, table tennis, and athletics.
September 29, 2011 Loano, Italy — The competition for the team of US athletes at the 2011 INAS/IPC Global Games in Liguria Italy began today when swimmers Leslie Cichocki and Sarah Gilbert took to the water at Palasporte, the 50m outdoor competition pool in Loano, Italy.
September 1, 2011 – Athletes Without Limits, a nonprofit dedicated to helping athletes with intellectual disability integrate and accelerate in sport, is proud to announce a strong US National team for the 2011 INAS Global Games. The Games are the world championship for athletes with intellectual disability and a key qualifier in Swimming, Track & Field for London 2012 Paralympic Games. Athletes Without Limits will be leading a team of six athletes to Liguria, Italy, for the prestigious international event that takes place every 4 years...
September 30- October 4, 2011 – Athletes Without Limits will be taking the US Teams in Cycling, Track & Field, Swimming & Possibly Rowing to the 2011 Global Games in Ligura, Italy. The deadline to register has passed but the event guide provides information on what it takes to qualify for the World Championships in each sport.
June 1-7, 2010: Idanha Nova Portugal
Registration Deadline: TBD but athletes should begin eligibility application 5-6 months ahead.
December 15, 2009: Lea won 2 races and placed in the top in most others (competing against non-disabled riders) to capture the 2009 series title.
November 29, 2009: Taneytown, MD
Get muddy, bring the kids and work off that turkey!
July 14, 2009 : Three US athletes with intellectual disability represented the US at the 2009 Global Games held in Liberec, Czech Republic July 5 – 14. Nearly 1,000 elite athletes from 40 countries competed for gold, silver and bronze in seven sports.
July 8, 2009: Liberec, Czech Republic – Cyclist Syd Lea Wins Bronze in Individual Time Trial; Swimmer Maria D’Andrea Ranks 8th in the World in Distance Event.