Monday, August 25, 2014

Para-Cycling coming to Greenville!

The 2014 Union Cycliste Internationale Para-Cycling World Championships are coming to Greenville, South Carolina!!! This Olympic-sanctioned event is heralded as the “Superbowl of para-cycling” and will bring 400 athletes from more than 40 countries to the Upstate for five days of action-packed competition. This will be the first time in sixteen years that this prestigious competition takes place in the USA!

The championships kick off on August 27th with a Parade of Nations and the Opening Ceremony. It starts at 6pm and is taking place on the TD Stage at the Peace Center Amphitheatre. The next four days will be filled with relays, time trials and road races occurring at the BMW Performance Center Track and at the Millennium Campus. Races at the Millennium Campus will be accessible from Carolina Point Parkway, and admission and parking is free.

Oskars Gailišs from Latvia

We are proud to have a silver medalist from the 2013 UCI Para-Cycling European Cup in Belgrade joining us in Greenville for the championships, Oskars Gailišs from Latvia! Ten years ago he underwent a 6-hour surgery after injuring his leg in an accident, and for six months he couldn’t stand. Yet he has overcome dire predictions of doctors who said he would never walk without crutches again, and today has a successful bicyclist training school in Latvia and travels to Para-Cycling events aroung the world. We’ll be cheering Oskars on during the five day event, and hope you’ll join us!

Oskars Gailišs on the podium with the silver

Everything you need to know is on the official website.
For the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling World Championship schedule of events click here
The road race course map can be found here and the time trial map here.

To learn more about Oskars Gailišs you can check out this youtube video (in Latvian)

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