ITU World Paratriathlon Event – Strathclyde Park 5 June

Strathclyde Park will host the penultimate round of the 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon event series on Sunday 5 June.

Strathclyde is the only new venue in the seven-event series, and will host the world’s best Paratriathletes in the lead up to the sport making its Paralympic debut on Copacabana Beach in September.

Strathclyde Park famously hosted the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Triathlon event, where we saw thousands of spectators cheering the success of the Home Nations.   This race is part of a fantastic, exciting festival of sport that includes the Paratriathlon, ITU and ETU Age Group Qualifiers,  an open Sprint race, and a 10km road race. The park will be buzzing, and the atmosphere will be charged!.

The event is being organised in collaboration between British Triathlon, Durty Events and Glasgow Triathlon Club.  Make sure you come along to Strathclyde Park to watch the world’s best Paratriathletes in action!

Here is some more useful information about the event:

Event Date: 5 June

What is Paratriathlon?

Paratriathlon is a variant of the sport of triathlon for athletes with a physical disability. The sport is governed by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), and will make its Paralympic debut at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, in September.

What is Classification?

There are different sport classes that compete in paratriathlon. Classification provides a structure for competition to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.

What Sport Classes will be racing?

There are currently five sport classes for athletes with an impairment to compete in over the sprint Paratriathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.

The classes for both male and female competitors are: PT1, PT2, PT3, PT4 and PT5, where all five classification categories will be racing at Strathclyde Park.

Can I Watch for Free?

Yes!  This is a great opportunity for you and your family to experience a world class triathlon event.

Where can I watch?

The best area to watch the action will be by the transition area, in front of the watersports centre. Here, you will see the athletes complete the swim, transition onto the bike and race four laps of the bike course. You will then see them come back in and complete four laps of the run course.

 

When can I watch?

The racing schedule can be found below.  The different sport classes start at different times to ensure safe and fair racing.

Start Activity
13:20 Paratriathlon Athlete Presentation
13:30 Race Start PT4 Women and Men
13:31 Race Start PT5 B1 Women and Men
13:33:18 Race Start PT5 B2/3 Men
13:33:48 Race Start PT5 B2/3 Women
13:37 Race Start PT2-3 Women and Men
14:01 Race Start PT1 Women and Men
16:30 Ceremonies

Race Format

When watching the action it is useful to know the format.  Athletes will be introduced to the audience one-by-one, before they line up on the start line of the swim.  This is a really useful process and will help you keep track of all the athletes as they go through their race.

In the PT1, PT2, PT3 and PT4 categories all athletes will be set off at the same time.  The PT5 category however varies slightly.

Athletes racing in the PT5 category have a visual impairment (see below for details of all classification categories).  Within the PT5 category there are sub-classes known as B1, B2 and B3.  All athletes will race with a sighted guide of the same gender and nationality throughout, where they will be tethered on the swim and run leg, using a tandem on the bike section.  Athletes in the PT5 category are the only athletes that are set off in a staggered start system.  This means athletes in the PT5 B1 category will set off ahead of those in the B2/3 categories where men will start 2 minutes 18 seconds ahead and the women 2 minutes 48 seconds ahead.  After this, the race will unfold and the athlete who crosses the line first will be declared the winner (no times require adjustment).

 

 

How can I get to Strathclyde Park?

Strathclyde Country Park is accessible by public transport and a bus stop is situated at the Motherwell entrance to the park. If making your way by train please alight at either Motherwell or Airbles Road stations from where you can either walk, take a bus or taxi to the park.  For those travelling to the park by car there are numerous car parks available.

How can I find out who will be racing?

The start lists for each competition can be found here.

For more information about the British Paratriathlon team click here.

Classification Categories in Detail

PT1 – Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.

PT2 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PT3 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PT4 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..

PT5 – Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

Taken from: http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/categories

Not all of these classes have however been selected to race in the Paralympics.  The categories included in Rio 2016 are: Men’s PT1, PT2, PT4 and Women’s PT2, PT4, PT5.

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