BBA Handcycling Program Begins Today

June 27, 2018

The Bermuda Bicycle Association will start a program of handcycling beginning today [June 27] at the National Sports Centre.

“The initiative is led by the BBA who are working with local individuals and entities to introduce this new cycling discipline,” the BBA said.

“Handcycling is an adaptive form of cycling which uses the arms to turn the cranks rather than the legs. Developed to make the sport accessible to those with reduced leg function, handcycling is a part of paracycling competitions including the Paralympics and cycling World Championships.

“With a donation from Tokio Millennium Re, the BBA was able to purchase three handcycles which will be used in regularly scheduled training sessions. The equipment will be stored at the NSC and initial sessions will be run on the paved oval around the north field.

“Working on the project with BBA president Peter Dunne are Cal Blankendal of Bermuda Sports Management Group, Keith Simmons – Government accessibility officer, Ann Lindroth of Bermuda Paralympic Association, and Chrissie Kempe of Windreach.

“The purpose of the project is to initially create a sporting opportunity for those who have found that the mechanics of traditional cycling are beyond their limitations but who are looking for a sporting outlet.

“There is no charge for participation in the program and the committee is working on developing transportation options for participants without their own means of transport to the NSC.”

Individuals who are interested in trying handcycling should contact the BBA at or call 704-8614.

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