With the Canadian Track Championships having officially gotten underway on Saturday, Paralympic cyclists will start their races later today at the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome in Toronto. The Time Trial Final is scheduled for today, with the Individual Pursuit Final on the schedule for tomorrow.
The competition is a test event for the venue which will host the track cycling at the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Ther events on the 2015 Parapan American Games program closely mirror those of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. These events include Men – individual pursuit in the C1-3 / C4-5 / B classes, Men – 1000 m time trial in the C1-5 / B classes, Women – individual pursuit in the C1-3 / C4-5 / B, Women – 500 m time trial in the C1-5, and Women – 1000 m time trial in the B class.
Cycling is one of four sports on the program that has Bipartite Invitation slots, along with athletics, powerlifting and swimming. Qualification slots for individual cyclists are assigned by NPCs. There are 40 slots for male cyclists, and 17 slots for female cyclists. Allocation of these slots is based on the number and position of a country’s cyclists in the 2014 UCI Nations Ranking as of December 31, 2014. Once ranked spots have been filled, the remaining slots are via Bipartite Invitation slots.