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U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open coming to Huntsville this weekend, April 17-18

The open will happen rain or shine. Come cheer on these athletes as they attempt to qualify for this summer's Paralympics in Tokyo.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Paralympics Cycling is coming to Huntsville, Alabama, on April 17 and 18 at Cummings Research Park.

 Athletes will compete in three types of road cycling events at the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open, including a road race, individual time trial and handcycling team relay. This event is one of four domestic cycling events for para-cyclists to qualify for the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

The event means some road changes in Madison. The course starts and ends at Columbia High School and Explorer Boulevard will be closed to traffic starting at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

No tickets are needed to watch this free event. The open will happen rain or shine. Families are invited to come out and watch along the outside ring of Explorer Boulevard. You're welcome to pack a cooler and bring chairs and a blanket.

Even though Alabama’s mask mandate has been lifted, attendees are encouraged to follow current CDC guidelines. Signs will be posted along the course encouraging families to maintain social distancing from people not in their households.

Below, the city of Huntsville has provided a spectator guide for this event:

See what paralympic cycling events look like:

Director of Paralympic Cycling Ian Lawless said he’s excited the races are starting again after having to put a pause on them because of COVID.
”It’s really amazing to have everyone be able to see each other again in a socially distanced way and to be able to start up our community again and have that comradery that happens in our cycling events, and our Paralympic competitions,” Lawless said.

The U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open is the second opportunity for Para-cyclists to qualify for the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo this summer.

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More information about U.S. Paralympics Cycling can be found on Team USA's website.

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