August 14, 2006 — The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Cycling World Championships will be held at the World Cycling Centre (WCC), headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI), in Aigle, Switzerland, from September 9-18, 2006.
Some 300 athletes from around 40 countries will take part in road (road races and time trials) and track (sprint, 500 metres, kilometre, pursuit) competitions, in the surroundings of Aigle and in the WCC velodrome.
Athletes will compete within one of the four groups of disabilities defined by the IPC: blind and visually impaired, cerebral palsy, locomotor disabilities and handcycling.
These World Championships, that have existed since 1994, are being organized for the first time by the UCI, in close collaboration with the IPC. In 2002, the UCI and the IPC signed a cooperation agreement, with the prospect of the integration of cycling for riders with disabilities among the disciplines governed by the UCI. Today, this speciality is the subject of a chapter in the UCI Regulations, and its races have been registered in the UCI international calendar.
The UCI recently launched a website about this event: