RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, October 1, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to establish a competitive para cycling team, the Sportable Road Warriors. The Sportable Road Warriors will officially be introduced with a jersey presentation at the team’s training session on Monday, October 5 at The Diamond at 6:00 p.m.
Led by head coach, Lucille O’Neil, the Sportable Road Warriors is comprised of 10 para cyclists with a passion to train and compete. Currently, the team trains weekly together, focusing on biking skill and performance, and utilizes the Training Peaks app for individual workouts and progression tracking. The team’s goal is to compete locally and regionally in 2021. While training and competing, the Road Warriors will wear custom Primal cycling jerseys, made possible by the generous support of local sponsors Pedal Power and Silverman Law Firm.
“We are thrilled to have the Road Warriors join our family of other competitive teams within Sportable,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “Our ability to take this step speaks to the dedication and hard work that Coach O’Neil and our team have put into this program. Their passion for serving our athletes, and the financial support from our friends at Silverman Law and Pedal Power, have helped to make this possible.”
“During the five years I have worked with Sportable’s recreational cycling program, I could see a competitive spark in some of these amazing athletes,” added O’Neil. “Some had already tried a few MABRA paracycling races, others were quick to sign up for RABA’s Heart of Virginia Ride, the Ride for the Brave, and other local events. Developing a race team was a natural progression. I am thrilled with the hard work and progress these cyclists have already made, and know they are race ready, whenever races can resume.”
The Road Warriors become Sportable’s sixth official competitive team, joining the Sportable Crush Wheelchair Lacrosse Team, Sportable Hive Power Soccer Team, Sportable Possums Wheelchair Rugby Team, Sportable Rim Riders Adult Wheelchair Basketball Team, and Sportable Spokes Youth Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Cycling is one of Sportable’s most popular programs, with sessions available nearly year-round for both recreational and competitive athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments. 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 sport 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. Learn more at Sportable.org.
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. To make an impact today, visit Sportable.com/donate.