Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023



The logo of Riedel Communications as Cycling Presenting Partner

Know your facts:

  • Cycling has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1987
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 197

At the Special Olympics World Games, there are time trial and road race disciplines, each with different course lengths. The goal is to cover the distances as quickly as possible to reach the finish line.

Special Olympics feature:

Our rules differ slightly from those of the Union Cycliste International. For example, there is the maximum effort rule that is used in the time trial. Also, for safety reasons, it is forbidden to take your hands off the handlebars.



Category 1

  • 500m Time Trial
  • 1,000m Time Trial
  • 2,000m Time Trial

Category 2

  • 2,000m Time Trial
  • 5,000m Time Trial
  • 10,000m Time Trial
  • 5,000m Road Race

Category 3

  • 5,000m Time Trial
  • 5,000m Road Race
  • 10,000m Time Trial
  • 10,000m Road Race
  • 15,000m Road Race
  • 25,000m Road Race

By the way:

In the 19th century, scientists believed that the face would be deformed by the airstream from cycling.


The cycling competitions are free to enter.



All timings of our competitions and award ceremonies.


Spectator Guide

All information for visiting cycling.

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City Cluster

Cycling takes place on the Straße des 17. Juni in the City Cluster.