Bikes Throughout Borders


Athlete cyclist pedals towards finish line.

Particular Olympics Pakistan bicycle owner Zunaira Bl within the divisioning 500-meter time trial.

female cyclist high-fiving taller male coach

SO bicycle owner high-fiving her coach after competing within the 500-meter time trial within the divisioning portion of the World Video games biking competitors.

On the floor, biking might look like a person sport, however it takes a staff to get opponents throughout the end line. For Tracy Lea, the other is true. Her instant household is comprised of Olympic and Particular Olympics (SO) athletes together with son Syd, a SO Maryland athlete who will function a biking official on the Particular Olympics World Video games Berlin 2023. Nearly all of her time exterior of labor is spent supporting her household, biking membership members and Particular Olympics athletes all over the world.

Lea is a longstanding Particular Olympics volunteer official for world biking occasions. Through the Particular Olympics World Video games North Carolina 1999, she couldn’t assist however discover that a number of the delegations competing didn’t have efficiency gear akin to correct racing footwear and bike pedals. Within the case of Particular Olympics India (SO India) and Particular Olympics Pakistan (SO Pakistan), the bikes had been broken throughout transport.

“The frames had been crushed,” she explains. “They had been shipped in cardboard packing containers fairly than laborious circumstances.” So, Lea put the ask out among the many different delegations collaborating on the Video games to donate sufficient elements in order that the cyclists from Pakistan and India might compete.

Tracy Lea

After seeing a repeat of damaged and substandard tools through the years, Lea reached out to corporations previous to the Particular Olympics World Video games Los Angeles 2015 within the hopes they’d supply assist by supplying the India and Pakistan delegations with the bicycles and journey circumstances that had been wanted. By the 2019 World Video games in Abu Dhabi, she nonetheless had not secured the funding or objects she was searching for. “My massive disappointment was that I hadn’t found out a approach to assist SO Pakistan and SO India. The athletes had been nice, however they couldn’t compete on a stage enjoying area with out satisfactory tools on the venue.”

Lastly, in 2022 after COVID-19 restrictions lifted, ROI Options Founder and CEO Gina Vanderloop stepped up with a monetary reward of $10,000 which lined nearly all of the prices for the eight bikes, eight helmets and spare elements that was wanted for the 2 delegations to compete within the World Video games Berlin 2023.

“Getting the cycles procured and delivered was a troublesome process. There have been quite a few logistical hurdles, and it turned evident how location performs such an essential think about figuring out alternatives. The enjoying area isn’t stage, however this donation enabled by Tracy actually demonstrates how we will break down boundaries and the love of sport could make us a extra inclusive world”.

Shruti Mehta

SO Iran cyclist biking

SO Iran bicycle owner within the 500-meter divisioning time trial.

“The standard of the cycles acquired by the delegations in India and Pakistan surpassed all their expectations. The athletes and coaches had been crammed with immense delight and at the moment are keen to provide it their highest on the video games.”

Shruti Mehta

However cash wasn’t sufficient. Lea rapidly realized that purchasing and delivery tools from the USA was costly and required leaping over a number of customs hurdles. She turned to Particular Olympics Asia Pacific Organizational Improvement Supervisor Shruti Metha to assist supply the gear within the respective international locations of the athletes. The tools reached the athletes in December 2022 in sufficient time to coach with the bikes and helmets forward of the Berlin Video games.

On the suggestion of Particular Olympics Vice President of Sport Improvement Jon-Paul St. Germain, Lea hosted a joint two-day teaching seminar for the coaches who will likely be touring with their athletes to Berlin. They reviewed how one can pack the cycles within the laborious circumstances, and which had been crucial key spare elements to convey alongside. Politically, Indian and Pakistan don’t at all times see eye-to-eye, however Lea famous, “In sports activities and in Particular Olympics, it’s at all times all in regards to the athletes.”

SO Pakistan cyclists and coaches huddle together for photo post competition.

SO Pakistan cyclists and coaches after time trials.

Lea has inspired the SO Pakistan and SO India biking groups to achieve out to their nationwide biking federations to maintain the momentum going past the 2023 World Video games. Within the meantime, she invitations everybody to comply with of the bicycle owner competing in Berlin this summer time and, she’ll maintain a particular eye on the outcomes of the SO India and SO Pakistan groups.

Preliminary Outcomes as of 20 June

Quantity Identify Program Age Gender Time
620 AL HUSSEINI, Moamel SO Iraq 16 – 21 Male 1:07.02
619 ROUHI FARD POUR, Amir Sadra SO Iran 16 – 21 Male 1:58.71
618 FARIDBAKHSH, Mojdeh SO Iran 30+ Feminine 1:18.45
666 TAHIR, Madiha SO Pakistan 22 – 29 Feminine 1:13.95
660 ALI, Zainab SO Pakistan 12 – 15 Feminine 1:29.01
661 ARSHAD, Amina SO Pakistan 16 – 21 Feminine 1:17.60
662 BI, Zunaira SO Pakistan 22 – 29 Feminine 1:19.61

World Video games biking competitors continues from21-25 July with remaining races going down every day on the Brandenburg Gate biking monitor circuit.

SO Pakistan athletic backpack being worn.

SO Pakistan backpack for Berlin World Video games.


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