A handcycle race was held when the pro bike riders started on the first of the long laps over Paris Mountain. Handcycles are special tricycles designed primarily for paraplegics. The pedals and handlebars are integrated together with the rider pedaling with their hands. The "pedals" also have the brake controls. I have to admit that I had not seen a handcycle race before. However, I was quite impressed with the riders. I don't think I could have made it through one lap, not to mention the ten or so laps that they raced. There are two kinds of handcycles which you can see in this photograph. Most of the riders use recumbent types where they were laying down. Some used a kneeling style bike where which allowed them to see over the pedals better. Still, some amazing athletes. My hat is off to them.
Thursday, September 3, 2009