The Estoril Circuit, located in the municipality of Cascais, will host the World Para-cycling Championships from june 9th to 13th .
The best para-cyclists in the world will be in Portugal to compete in the World Para-Cycling Championships, between june 9th and 13th. There will be hundreds of athletes, from 39 countries, fighting for the 53 world titles that will be awarded until the end of the race. Among them will be 13 Portuguese athletes who will have an unique opportunity to challenge themselves, even more, competing at the highest level together with the stars of the sport.
“Receiving the best world Paralympic cyclists in Portugal, in a race of this magnitude is a privilege and, certainly, a great encouragement for the national athletes who are taking their first steps in the sport, as well as for others who, with this motivation, may join the Paralympic movement”, said José Manuel Lourenço, President of the Portuguese Paralympic Committee.
Similar to what happened with the Para-cycling World Championships, the Paralympic Games were not held last year and were postponed to 2021. Thus, the event that will take place at the Estoril Circuit is the perfect opportunity for athletes to prepare for the Paralympic Games, which will be held between August 24th and September 5th, 2021.
There will be four different categories competing in the road, individual time trial, and team relay races. The first two will occupy the entire length of the Estoril Circuit, with a distance of 8.3 kilometers. The team relay will be held on a shorter part of the circuit, located between the start of the main straight and the second turn, with a distance of 1.9 kilometers. Both courses will be completed in several laps, with the number varying according to the class in competition.
Adapted sports play a very important role in the evolution of the sport in Portugal, integrating more and more people passionate for sports and with the ambition to grow. Delmino Pereira, President of the Portuguese Cycling Federation, the organizing body of this edition of the World Para-cycling Championships, highlights the role of para-cycling in Portugal. “It is a field that the Portuguese Cycling Federation has cherished and developed, revealing itself to be an example of diversity and happiness, as it brings together practitioners with strong ambitions at the level of high performance, but also those who see in the sport a recreational and fun activity. Everyone has a place in the Federation and in the sport that belongs to all”.