The 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games: Road-Cycling
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games. Only the Olympic Summer Games, as well as the Asian Games, surpass the Pan American Games in size. Looking into the history of the Pan American Games, they were first held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951. On the other hand, the Parapan American Games were held in 1999 in Mexico City. The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years, and they are held for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations. Now these monumental events are going to be happening in Toronto this summer, and you don’t want to miss out on any of the action!
Pan Am Games: Road Cycling
Road Cycling has been part of the Pan Am Games since 1951. The popularity of road cycling began at the end of the 19th century and is one of today’s most widely watched sports.
The road race of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will take place on Saturday, July the 27th, and starts and finishes at Ontario Place. The course is 165-kilometers in length for the men, and for the women, it is 82.5 kilometers. Riders start altogether, but the rider who crosses the finish line first wins the race, and the competition is fierce!
The individual time trial course will take place on Wednesday, July the 22nd. The individual time trial course will be held on the roads in Milton, Ontario, near the newly built Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome. In the individual time trial, riders start one by one, in short time intervals, in a race against the clock. The rider who completes the course the fastest wins the competition.
Parapan Am Games: Road Cycling
When visually impaired cyclists were competing on tandem bikes, para-cycling was born. Today, the sport also includes athletes with physical impairments, cerebral palsy and amputees. You will see a variety of bikes being used in the race such as bicycles, tricycles, handcycles and tandems. The Parapan Am Cycling Road Race will take place on Saturday, August the 8th at Ontario Place.
In the road race, cyclists start all together and complete a set number of circuits of a 7- to 10-kilometer lap. The first one to cross the finish line wins. In time trial competitions, the athletes start individually in 60-second intervals. Therefore, for the cyclist, the clock is their number one competitor because the fastest time wins the race.
The Importance of High-Quality Lenses
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