Allow CP Participants To Ride Tadpole Recumbent Trikes In Paralympics
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There are many Paralympic hopefuls, including myself, who want to be able to compete in Para-cycling, but can not due to balance issues. The IPC and the UCI recognize that many disabled competitors can ride upright tricycles, but these cycles do not provide the appropriate back support some of us need.
The IPC needs to solve this by creating another classification for competitors with more severe Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. The classification would let cyclists ride recumbent tricycles, such as the Catrike 700 or Windcheetah F.R.O. These tricycles should be allowed as paralyzed competitors are allowed to use recumbent handcycles.
I have Cerebral Palsy and I use my Catrike Trail to get my exercise. I am able to ride it because the tricycle does not allow me to slip out or lose my balance. The seat back provides the extra support.
Catrike and other recumbent tricycle manufacturers have helped many people with various disabilities and injuries get back to the activities they love.
There are many disabled riders that could compete in such an event, and it would be competitive.
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