Open Flemish Championship Para-cycling ended on a high with Flanders 2021 Para-cycling Race
Sunday 19 September 2021
A few hours before the first rider in Knokke-Heist rolled off the starting podium for the Elite Men's Individual Time Trial, the roads between Westkapelle and ’t Zand in Bruges had already been warmed up by the athletes of the Flanders 2021 Para-cycling Race.
During this edition of the UCI Road World Championships, our organisation is highly focused on sustainability, innovation and accessibility. This not only applies to the public, but also to the athletes. Together with Parantee-Psylos, an experienced expert in parasports, we integrated the last leg of the Open Flemish Championship Para-cycling in the World Championships.
The Flanders 2021 Para-cycling Race took place from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Cyclists with handbikes, tricycles, two wheelers and tandems raced like lightning along a 25-km time trial between Westkapelle and Bruges over large stretches of the official World Championships circuit.
After racing at an average speed of 53 km/h, Vice-Olympic champion and winner in his category Ewoud Vromant commented on the race and the initiative to add the race to the World Championships programme: “It was fantastic. This initiative also puts parasport athletes in the spotlight. It was an amazing circuit. The weather was good, with hardly any wind and the roads are extremely fast. I really enjoyed it.”