Para-cycling Weekly Update

By U.S. Paralympics Cycling | May 04, 2020, 12:52 p.m. (ET)

May 2, 2020

Para-cycling athletes,

Below is another weekly update from U.S. Paralympics Cycling.

Athlete Survey
The USOPC Athlete Services department is conducting a survey to determine the needs and priorities of our athletes.  The survey should take about 15 minutes and will help the USOPC provide the best services possible for athletes.  If you have specific questions related to the survey, you can reach out to our athlete services team at athleteservices@usopc.org

Survey Link
https://usoc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esQu2kuLpptD22F?_cldee=anVsaWUuZHVzc2xpZXJlQHVzb3BjLm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-e41f10574ba3e4119408005056ad7d3e-dbef0c3a31474f488150f2599a75ad30&esid=f350ab1d-558a-ea11-9104-005056b5dfbc


Mental Health Awareness Month
May is mental health awareness month!  Find out more about the USOPC commitment to mental health awareness: https://www.teamusa.org/mentalhealth

ACE
The USOPC’s Athlete Career & Education program launched a dedicated resource hub to provide online and accessible content that supports active and retired Team USA athletes in their personal, professional and educational development and well-being. Please visit the Career & Education website for more details: https://www.teamusa.org/athlete-career-and-education-program

Safe Sport
The U.S. Center for Safe Sport has developed resources related to online communication safety tips.  You can find complete virtual safety guide, as well as guides for parents, coaches, and athletes on the Center’s website: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/training-and-education/training-and-education-services/

Cooking with Team USA
Visit the USOPC Nutrition page for recipe ideas to try while you are at home.  https://www.teamusa.org/Cooking-With-Team-USA

Training
Indoor Riding: U.S. Paralympics Cycling continues to work with partners to create virtual Para-cycling opportunities. Our weekly Para-cycling activities on Zwift continue:

  • National Team weekly rides: Mondays and Fridays at 1:35pm Mountain time
    There is a twice-weekly meetup ride on Zwift for National Team athletes led by coach Jim Lehman. The Monday ride utilizes Zwift’s “stay together” mode while Friday’s ride is open. Beginning this coming Monday, May 4th, The Monday ride will be open to guest riders. In order to be included on the ride, you must follow Jimmy Lehman on Zwift.
  • Zwift Para-cycling Group Ride, hosted by Norway Para-cycling
    Norway has put together a weekly Zwift group ride, Wednesdays at 11:00am Mountain time. The ride is open to anyone in the world and also utilizes the “stay together” mode. There were 130 riders last week and it was a great time. For more details, visit the event page on Zwift:
    https://www.zwift.com/events/view/622702
  • Zwift Para-cycling Virtual Time Trial Series, hosted by U.S. Paralympics Cycling
    U.S. Paralympics Cycling is hosting a weekly time trial series for Para-cyclists on Zwift, Thursdays at 10:00am mountain time. This series is open to anyone. For more details, visit the event page on our website: https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Cycling/Events/Zwift-Para-cycling-Virtual-Time-Trial-Series
    or visit the event page on Zwift: https://zwift.com/events/view/645909
  • USA Cycling launched their Virtual Race League in partnership with Zwift last week, and you can find out more details here: https://www.usacycling.org/virtual-race-league-zwift/

Outdoor Riding: Regardless of the orders in currently in place from the state, county, or city in which you live, below is a reminder of best practices for riding outside.

  • #ridesolo If you can, please ride solo when training outdoors. It may help save lives.
  • #ridesafe Riding outside does include risk. Right now, we all need to be mindful not to overwhelm our hospitals and clinics, so please be extra safe while riding outside in order to avoid injury and a trip to the hospital.
    • Be cautious on the road. Now is not the time to tackle that scary descent you’ve been working up the courage to try.
    • Create a ride plan. Travel the roads you know so that your ride is predictable and you know what to expect. Tell someone else in your home where you plan to ride. If possible, share your location with someone before you leave.
    • Stay close to home. Initiate rides from where you live. This is not the time to load your bike into your vehicle and drive somewhere for that epic route you’ve been dreaming of. Instead, consider a route that keeps you close to home.
    • Consider training indoors. Nowadays, there are so many amazing options for training inside, that the days of riding the rollers in the basement while staring at a blank wall are over. Smart trainers, online communities, and social media have transformed indoor training in recent years, and now is a great time to learn how to get the most out of riding inside.

2020 Racing Season
As you are aware, most domestic and international events for 2020 have been postponed or canceled. Details are below, with annotations for each event.

  • 2020 Redlands Bicycle Classic – canceled (we expect the event to return for 2021)
  • 2020 Fort Wayne Para-cycling Open – postponed (we aim to run the event in 2021)
  • 2020 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Nationals – canceled
  • 2020 USA Cycling Para-cycling Track Nationals – postponed
  • 2020 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – canceled
  • 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – postponed until 2021
  • 2020 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup #1 (Castiglione, Italy) – postponed
  • 2020 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup #2 (Quebec) – canceled

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Team USA Selection Process
The Team USA Paralympic Cycling roster at the Games will be updated after the para-cycling portion of the IPC qualification guide for the Games has been amended. We will provide updates to everyone as more information becomes available.

2020 and 2021 National Team Benefits and Athlete Criteria
Due to the Games postponement, as well as the postponement and cancellation of most events in 2020, the 2020 U.S. Paralympics Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan will be updated. U.S. Paralympics Cycling is currently evaluating the plan, and updates are expected in the coming weeks.

Athlete Input
We continue to seek input from our athletes so that we can make informed decisions. We value your direct feedback. However, you can also provide feedback through our athlete advisors, and can contact them directly via this link:
https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Cycling/Athlete-Advisors

Coronavirus Resources
The USOPC continues to offer more resources for athletes about Coronavirus, and those resources have been compiled on the Team USA Coronavirus update page, here:
https://www.teamusa.org/coronavirus-updates#faq

Thanks again, and please stay safe.

Sincerely,

U.S. Paralympics Cycling Staff
Ian Lawless, Director
Kyle McKinnis, Associate Director, Operations
Sarah Hammer, Associate Director, High Performance