Sportable Announces Restructured Cycling Program

RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, January 10, 2020) – Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in Central Virginia, is proud to offer the largest adaptive cycling program in the region designed for youth and adult athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

Due to the high demand and increasing interest in adaptive cycling, Sportable will restructure the program to double the number of cycling opportunities in 2020, offering a total of 40 sessions March through September. The addition of 18 competitive cycling sessions and 18 recreational cycling sessions in 2020 will provide customized training plans for athletes of all levels. Sportable will also offer a four-week, introductory, youth cycling session this spring.

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.

Recreational Cycling
Ideal for beginners with limited cycling experience, Sportable’s Recreational Cycling sessions will be held at Dorey Park, Wednesdays, March 18 – May 6 and July 22 – September 23.

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.

Competitive Cycling
For more advanced cyclists, and those with a passion to compete, Sportable’s Competitive Cycling sessions will held at a location to be determined on Monday’s, March 16 – May 4 and July 20 – September 28. 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.

Youth Cycling
Sportable will offer a youth-specific cycling session through the new Rising Stars program, weekly March 30 through April 20. Four weeks of cycling will be included in the 20-week Rising Stars program that will introduce cycling to youth ages 3-18 with physical disabilities or visual impairments. The program is designed to challenge youth to achieve new goals in a fun environment and learn basic cycling skills to create a pathway to Sportable’s recreational and competitive cycling programs.

2020 Cycling Calendar*:

Competitive Cycling: March 16 – May 4 (Mondays) – Richmond Raceway/West Creek Loop
Recreational Cycling: March 18 – May 6 (Wednesdays) – Dorey Park
Rising Stars Youth Cycling: March 30 – April 20 (Mondays) –  TBD
Competitive Cycling: July 20 – September 28 (Mondays) – TBD
Recreational Cycling: July 22 – September 23 (Wednesdays) – Dorey Park

To register for Sportable Cycling, or for any of Sportable’s 13 adaptive sports programs, visit Sportable.org. For more information, contact Kyle Hitzelberg, Program Manager at kyle@sportable.org.

*Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.