Ad Spot
North Alabama is hosting the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open this weekend at Cummings Research Park. The two-day event is open to spectators and is free. Photo Contributed

Paralympics Cycling Event Taking Place This Weekend In Cummings Research Park

HUNTSVILLE- Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park located on the border between Huntsville and Madison will be filled with extraordinary athletes this weekend as the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open, presented by Toyota, will race through North Alabama for two days of eye-opening athleticism.

The two-day event is one of four domestic cycling events and the second opportunity for para-cyclists to qualify for the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo this summer. Due to COVID-19, this will be the first competitive racing for the approximately 100 para-cyclists in over a year.

The best part for the local communities is the fact the event is free to the public. No ticketss or admission is required. Bring the family, pack a cooler, bring chairs and a blanket and come witness the incredible showmanship of Paralympic athletes in a variety of para-cycling.

The competition will heat up in these races: Handcycle- using an arm-powered or arm trunk power hand bike and competing while in a kneeling position; Tricycle- for those who can’t ride a bike due to severe locomotor dysfunction; Cycling- utilizing a standard bicycle; Tandem Cycling- an able-bodied pilot in the front with a stoker in the back who has some degree of visual impairment; Exhibition- Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team will send 20 athletes to this event. They will stay on Redstone Arsenal and partake in recumbent exhibition races both days.

The competition will include three different types of road cycling- men and women’s road races, individual time trial and handcycling team relay.

Traffic changes will be evident during the two-day event with Explorer Blvd. closed to traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. This is the main “ring” for the competition course. Attending race spectators are asked to use Enterprise Way, Discovery Drive, Voyager Way and Jan Davis Drive.

Several companies within Cummings Research Park have extended the use of its parking lots for parking the spectators. An interactive map is available on the following websites: cummingsresearchpark.com/hsvchamber.org.

Saturday’s race schedule will be 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday’s schedule is set for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Madison

Trash Pandas continue streak over Smokies

James Clemens High School

Jerry Zheng codes platform for Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education

Bob Jones High School

American Legion’s Memorial Day Ceremony set for May 31

Madison

Pitching, power lead Trash Pandas to 7-1 win

Madison

Colee, DeFazio and Howard honored as city employees of the year

James Clemens High School

Like to try a different sport? James Clemens Girls Lacrosse Team has openings

Madison

Rotary spearheads efforts in habitat for Monarch Butterfly Project

Madison

Heritage’s Chander, Nuzman, Gowder and Rajput shine at state science fair

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 12, 2021

Madison

Professional baseball returns to North Alabama, Trash Pandas fall 4-3 in home opener

Bob Jones High School

Joshua Lin, Nikhita Mudium named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Madison

Trash Pandas play home opener Tonight

Madison

Rocket City defeated 7-1 in Chattanooga

Business

Trash Pandas Underway

Harvest

Sergeant Major Bobby Lee completed several deployments to Middle East

Madison

Wild comeback leads Trash Pandas to first win

Madison

Emergency Water Outage – Highland Drive

Harvest

Moore performs in ‘Tinker Bell,’ works with models and Sparkman photographers

Madison

School board expected to vote on elementary rezoning plan tonight

Madison

Trash Pandas drop inaugural game 6-1 in Chattanooga

James Clemens High School

Chase Lynn’s work on Heritage Church campus secures his Eagle rank

Madison

Madison County Sheriff’s Office charges man for making school threats

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 5, 2021

Madison

New traffic signal at County Line Road and Old Highway 20 set for activation

x