The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is scheduled to host four national para-cycling championship events, July 8-11 in and around Boise, Idaho, it announces.

The USA Para-cycling Road Race, Time Trials, Criterium and Relay National Championships will attract world-class adaptive cyclists from across the country to compete in the last domestic championship before the Tokyo 2020/2021 Paralympic Games.

The series of events, which includes a live stream and inclusive kids ride, is a partnership between CAF, USA Cycling and US Paralympics. To build the field of participating athletes, CAF is funding more than 60 individual travel grants and a large prize purse.

“We are thrilled to partner with USA Cycling and US Paralympics to continue to expand competitive opportunities for our athletes to showcase their spirit and strength. Taking place just two months before Tokyo and including the nation’s best adaptive cyclists across all categories and terrains, we are excited to showcase Idaho as an adaptive sports destination and raise the bar for adaptive cycling specifically. We are extremely grateful to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation for supporting our vision.”

— CAF-Idaho Regional Director Jennifer Skeesick

The weekend is reportedly the first time four USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships have been held in a single location, allowing elite athletes to focus less on travel and more on their performance, CAF notes in a media release.

In addition to individual cyclists, the July national championship events will mark the second Idaho appearance by the CAF’s Women’s Handcycling Team. Formed by CAF in 2019 after two-time National Handcycling Champion Carlos Moleda identified the need to raise the profile of women competing in the sport at the highest level, the team of six female adaptive cyclists compete at different levels and classifications.

[Source(s): Challenged Athletes Foundation, GlobeNewswire]

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