Sportable is proud to offer the largest adaptive cycling program in the region designed for youth and adult athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
The core of Sportable’s cycling program lies in an expert team of dedicated staff and volunteers along with a well-rounded fleet of hand cycles, recumbent foot pedaled trikes, tandems, and traditional bikes, and a variety of adaptive equipment.
Cycling is one of the most inclusive sports as there is a bike to match nearly every individual’s ability, needs, training interests, and goals. The program is attractive to beginners discovering new skills, as well as experienced cyclists who have competed in regional and national events. Cycling not only promotes physical benefits, such as increased joint motion, muscle movement, circulation, core development, coordination and balance, but also fosters inclusion, independence, and community.
Due to the high demand and increasing interest in adaptive cycling, Sportable will restructure the cycling program into recreational and competitive sessions to double the number of cycling opportunities in 2020.
Adults and youth with physical disabilities or visual impairment.
Ideal for beginners with limited cycling experience, Sportable’s Recreational Cycling sessions will be held at Dorey Park.
Athletes are invited to enjoy beautiful rides on the scenic Capital Trail while working with cycling coaches and one-on-one with qualified volunteers, as well as in small ability matched groups. Each cyclist will have goals and workouts tailored to their abilities and designed to foster greater cycling skill and enjoyment. Athletes will be coached on safety and skill development, tailored to each athletes’ abilities and interests within the sport. Athletes will be encouraged to participate in several community cycling events, fostering group riding skills and engagement with the greater Richmond cycling community.
For more advanced cyclists, and those with a passion to compete, Sportable’s Competitive Cycling sessions will held at the West Creek Loop. Athletes will have weekly group workouts to maximize biking skill with focus on performance. They will have additional workouts provided to complete on their own in order to maximize performance gains. Athletes will be encouraged to use available technology to track their progress and monitor responses to workouts.
Led by head coach, Lucille O’Neil, the Competitive Cycling sessions will include group rides and time trials focused on training for local and regional competitions such as USA Cycling Sanctioned Mid Atlantic Cycling competitions, Operation Bike for the Brave, Climb to Conquer Cancer, and Heart of Virginia Bike Festival. Competitive Cyclists will be required to own (or lease) their cycles to participate in this program, and need to be able to transport their cycle to the workout locations.
**Important Details Regarding COVID-19 Safety Protocols**:
Cycling with Sportable gives me a safe but competitive environment where I get tested and pushed out of my comfort zone. The staff, coaches and volunteers are always encouraging the athletes. We athletes build friendships with each other.