All U.S. Handcycling events conform to the UCI classification structure.

Classifications are structured as H1, H2, H3, H4 for both men (M) and women (W). Each classification is associated with a specific helmet color and all riders should wear the appropriate helmet color for their classification.
Men Helmet Color Women Helmet Color
MH1 Blue WH1 Blue
MH2 White WH2 White
MH3 Red WH3 Red
MH4 Black WH4 Black

For 2013, there are two U.S. events where athletes can be evaluated by a National or International Classifier:

- The Greenville SC Para-cycling Open, April 20-21 (Greenville, SC)
- The USA Cycling Para-cycling National Championships, July 3-7 (Madison, WI)

Athletes attending either event who have not been classified, and who wish to be evaluated should email Erin Popovich: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Note: Registration for the race(s) is required to be evaluated by classifiers.

All new athletes not racing evaluated in Greenville or Madison will be given a provisional classification based on the UCI classification structure. New athletes signing-up for USHCS events should register themselves in the appropriate classification per the UCI Para-cycling Rules (also included at the bottom of this page). In some cases, U.S. Handcycling may assign a different provisional classification after an athlete interview. Athletes will continue to be scored in this classification unless reclassified by the UCI or USOC. All athletes in this situation will be given a classification status of "N" (see below).

Sport Class Status
The UCI assigns all athletes a classification status, as outlined below (more information about this can be found in the UCI Classification Guide).
A list of athletes previously evaluated by the UCI -- and their current status -- can be found HERE.
U.S. Paralympics has also published a list of athletes that have been classified. This list includes both athletes with international classifications, as well as athletes who have only a National classification. The file can be found HERE.
Note: In all cases, a UCI international classification supersedes a USOC national classification.

New (N)
Sport Class Status New (N) is assigned to an athlete who has not been previously evaluated by an international classification panel.
Note: All handcyclists competing in USHCS events who have not been classified at the National Championships or at an interntaional race, will be given a status of N, and will not appear on the UCI list until they are evluated by a UCI Classifier.

Review (R)
Sport Class Status Review (R) is assigned to an athlete who has been previously evaluated by an international classification panel but is still subject to further reevaluation.

Confirmed (C)
Sport Class Status Confirmed (C) is assigned to an athlete if he/she has been previously evaluated by an international classification panel and the panel has determined that the athlete’s sport class will not change.

Sport Class Not Eligible (NE)
Not Eligible to compete (NE) will be assigned to an athlete who does not meet the minimum eligibility criteria in para-cycling or if an athlete has an activity limitation resulting from an impairment that is not permanent and /or does not limit the athlete’s ability to compete equitably in elite cycling with athletes without an impairment. In those cases the athlete should be considered ineligible to compete.

NE Re-evaluation
In circumstances where the determination of eligibility involves evaluation by a classification panel at a competition, and a sport class status of “Not Eligible to Compete” (NE) is allocated, the athlete will be examined by a 2nd Classification Panel of equal or greater status. If the 2nd Classification Panel confirms that the athlete’s Sport Class is NE the athlete will not be permitted to compete, and will have no further protest option.

Sport Class Profiles
The profiles for each of the classes (H1 - H4) are pasted below, directly from the UCI Rules. The full version of this document can be found on the UCI website.

16.5.002 Division Handbike, Sport Class H1
H 1.1 Tetraplegia C6 or above and severe athetosis/ataxia/dystonia
• Tetraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete cervical lesion at C6 or above
• Complete loss of trunk stability and lower limb function
• Limited extension of the elbow with a muscle score of 6 (total of both tri- ceps)
• Limited handgrip
• Non-spinal cord injury, but functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H 1.1
• Impaired sympathetic nerve system
• Recumbent position in handbike mandatory (AP-bikes)
• Severe athetosis/ataxia/dystonia and elbow extension limitation
• Asymmetric or symmetric quadriplegia with at least grade 3 spasticity in upper limbs and
lower limbs.
H 1.2 Tetraplegia C7/C8 and severe athetosis/ataxia/dystonia
• Tetraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete cervical lesion at C7/C8 or
above
• Complete loss of trunk stability and lower limb function
• Non-spinal cord injury, but functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H 1.2
• Impaired sympathetic nerve system
• Recumbent position in handbike mandatory (AP-bikes)
• Severe athetosis/ataxia/dystonia and no elbow extension limitation
• Asymmetric or symmetric quadriplegia with at least grade 2 spasticity in upper limb and
lower limbs.
(text modified on 1.02.10; 1.02.11).

16.5.003 Division Handbike, Sport Class H2
H 2.1
• Paraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete lesion from
Th1 to Th3
• Very limited trunk stability
• Impaired sympathetic nerve system
• Non-spinal cord injury, but functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H 2.1
• Recumbent position in handbike mandatory (AP-bikes).
H 2.2
• Paraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete lesion from
Th4 to Th10
• Limited trunk stability
• Non-spinal cord injury, functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H 2.2
• Recumbent position in handbike mandatory (AP-bikes)
• Moderate quadriplegia with/without athetosis/ataxia
• Severe hemiplegia (non-ambulant)
• Severe diplegia (non-ambulant) and athetosis/ataxia
• Neurological impairments with at least grade 1 spasticity in upper limb.
(text modified on 1.02.10; 1.02.11).

16.5.004 Division Handbike, Sport Class H3
• Paraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete lesion from Th11 or below
• No lower limb function or limited function
• Normal or almost normal trunk stability
• Non-spinal cord injury, functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H3
• Incomplete loss of lower limb function, functional ability profile equivalent to sport class H3
or H4, with other disabilities, which prevent the safe use of a conventional bicycle, tricycle
or the Kneeling position in a handbike
• Recumbent position in handbike (AP or ATP-bike)
• Diplegia and athetosis/ataxia/dystonia (almost normal UE) Hemiplegic with spasticity a
minimum of grade 3, lower limb more involved.
(text modified on 1.02.10; 1.02.11).

16.5.005 Division Handbike, Sport Class H4
An athlete who can use the kneeling position must use it and therefore will be classified accordingly.
• Paraplegic with impairments corresponding to a complete lesion from Th11 or below
• Double below or Double through knee amputee
• Single leg amputation (AK), minimal disability below knee amputation (BK)
• Incomplete loss of lower limb function, with other disabilities, which prevent the save use
of a conventional bicycle or tricycle
• Kneeling Position (HK-bike), in case of mobility reduction if prevents kneeling, the athlete
can use a recumbent bike in H3
• Hemiplegic with spasticity grade 2, lower limb more involved
• Diplegic, lower spasticity grade 2 in both legs
• Mild to moderate athetosis or ataxia.
(text modified on 1.02.10)

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