East London cycling specialist sends trainees to Special Olympics time trial
Photo Athlete Jubel Ahmed receives his time trial certificate after the Special Olympics event
Athletes training for the Special Olympics with Bikeworks and Pedal Power in Tower Hamlets have been competing in their inaugural time trial.
18 potential competitors for the Special Olympics World Games in 2011 took part at the event in late June 2010.
After having been training since autumn last year, this was the athletes’ first chance to record official times for their chosen Olympic distance and to become accustomed to performing in a competitive set-up.
Bikeworks, a community cycling provider based near Victoria Park, and Pedal Power, a cycling club for adults with learning difficulties, is affiliated to the Special Olympics and has been training potential competitors since September last year.
The aim of the training programme is to work towards regional, national and international competitions for those athletes who want to, while retaining entry level training to encourage newcomers to take up cycling and also to keep competing at their own pace.
The Special Olympics Organisation provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to take part in competitive sport at a level to match their ability.
Bikeworks has a growing program of all ability cycling and in addition to the Special Olympics team and All Ability Cycling Club in Victoria Park, in September they are launching a sister club and SO program in Kensington & Chelsea at Little Wormwood Scrubs Adventure Playground.
For more information on Special Olympics and training, email Nicky at Bikeworks or call 0208 980 7998.