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UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Belgium 2016 / Edition


In may 2016, Ostend was host to the crème de la crème of the Olympic Paracycling.

This wasn't only a first timer for Belgium, it was a scoop for the entire country!

For the first time in history of paracyling, the UCI World Cup Tour will come to Belgium and according to Alain Demortier, initiator and organizer, together with with Wim Decleir from the organizing non-profit association, Isomundo, this is about time! The Belgian athletes are performing on world class level for several years, just as their collegues and compatriots do in regular cycling. It's more than normal that our country will profile itself as the mekka for paracylers.

Paracycling is in several European countries the fastest growing paraolympic discipline. People with a disability are categorized in a system of classification within a certain category. Someone with a visual disability will for example participate in the category of tandems and someone with a physical disability in the category handbikes or tricycles, depending on the disability.

Wim Decleir, bronze medal winner on the road in London 2012, Vice-Woldchampion on the road 2010, Paralympic of the year 2011, Belgian Paralympic Ambassador London 2012, laureate of the prestigeous Trophee Victor Boin and several times Belgian championship winner is engaged in the project and explains why: ''as an athlete you dream in the first place of winning medals, to become a champion. But beside that, you also want to become an example for others and highlight your sportive branche. Housing a stage from the World Cup is an example of this. This project is very dear to me and I'm convinced that Isomundo will put down a fantastic edition with the support Holiday Club Vayamundo and the City Of Ostend. “

2016 was also an olympic year, so the athletes were preparing the whole spring for the Paralympic, in 2016 in Rio The Janeiro. The World Cup in Ostend was a general repetition for the athletes and created on the other hand the platform for the promotion of the Paralympics and for paralympic sports in general. This event was not a once in a lifetime experience. At this moment a four year contract lays on the table and we will be honoured with the organization of the Worldchampionship in the future.