Cycling Classification

What are the classes?
B1-B3:  Athletes with a vision impairment are classified into three classes, according to the degree of vision. The lower the number the higher the level of vision loss, B1 is for athletes with no sight, and B3 is for athletes who have visual acuity less than or equal to 6/60 or visual field less than 20 degrees radius in both eyes with best corrected vision. Athletes compete on a tandem bike with a guide riding at the front.
C1-C5:  Athletes with a physical impairment who have limb loss or limb deficiency, cerebral palsy, nerve damage or other similar impairment. Athletes compete on a regular road or track bike.
T1-T2:  Athletes with a physical impairment who have cerebral palsy or impairment that affect all four limbs and use a tricycle to compete.
H1-H5:  Athletes with a physical impairment with spinal cord damage (such as paraplegia or quadriplegia), limb loss / limb deficiency in the lower half of their body, or a similar impairment. H1-H4 athletes compete on a recumbent handcycle and H5 athletes compete on a kneeling handcycle.

How do I get classified?
Athletes should seek a classification in their relevant impairment type through the relevant organisations below.

Athletes with a physical impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by Cycling Australia. You can find more information at Cycling Australia.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level Classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level Classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, contact Cycling Australia.

Athletes with a vision impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by the Australian Paralympic Committee and supported by state based low-vision service providers. You can find out more information at Vision Classification.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level Classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level Classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

If you are unsure of your impairment type or have multiple impairment types, you may wish to complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

What do I require for a classification?
Athletes are required to provide evidence of their diagnosis to classifiers prior to the classification commencing. Generally this is written documentation from their doctor or specialist (for example a rehabilitation specialist, neurologist or ophthalmologist) that outlines their medical condition. Athletes may be required to provide additional test results or charts (for example X-rays, growth charts, MRI or visual field tests) to support their classification. Please check what is required for your impairment type prior to attending classification.

View further resources below:
– General information about classification