Cycling – Tandem

Overview

Tandem Cycling – The three visual impairment categories (B1, B2 and B3) compete together in road races, one-day competitions or competitions by stages which last several days. Men compete over distances ranging from 100 to 135 km, on circuits of among 5 or 10 km., or in races between two towns.Women compete in similar events over shorter distances (among 50 and 70 km.).In the “mixed” category (a man and a woman together), the distances range from 60 to 85 km. There are also time trial races for individuals or teams of three tandems for the men, where the distances covered are those appropriate for each category.There also exist competitions in velodromes, where classic U.C.I. (International Cycling Union) events are held: §  Sprint, an event in which two tandems compete over a distance of 1,000 meters. §  Individual pursuit, over 4,000 meters for men and 3,000 meters for women and mixed teams. §  1 km. time trial (standing start) in mixed races and 500 meters for women.For men, there is also a pursuit known as Olympic pursuit, in which two teams of three tandems compete over a distance of 4 km.