Today we had a meeting, together with Fausto and Javier from Cycling Independent, with UCI. The International Cycling Union (UCI) is cycling’s International Federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The UCI administers and promotes the development of the eight disciplines of cycling. The UCI’s mission is to develop and promote cycling, in close collaboration with National Federations. UCI is very positive about Cycling Independent and want to support this new way of ycling.
Afterwards we had a demonstration of Cycling Independent and were visited by a national Mexican tv and a Mexican sports channel.
Tomorrow the USA women sitting volleyball team will have one of her last training sessions before they start their first match at the Paralympic Games, and you are free to visit these training sessions.
The USA team is seen as an important candidate for Paralympic gold in London. They won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing (2008) and also silver during the World Cup in 2012.
The first training session is on Friday 31 of August at 9:30 A.M. until 10.30 A.M. The next session is on Saturday the first of September from 11.00 A.M. until 12.00 A.M. These sessions will take place in the Sport Compass House that is located in the Royal Docks Community School during the Paralympic Games. If you would like to see some of the Paralympic athletes real close, the Sport Compass House is the place to be.
The Sport Compass House is also a meeting point for everybody who is interested in disabled sports. It is opened every day during the Paralympic Games from 9.30 A.M. until 5.00 P.M. and it’s located nearby the ExCel Exhibition Center where also the sitting volleyball matches will take place. So when you’re visiting the ExCel exhibition Center just come and have a cup of coffee and meet some interesting people. For more information about the Sport Compass House take a look at this website or the facebookpage: www.facebook.com/sportcompass
Address: Sport Compass House Royal Docks Community School Prince Regent Lane 1 Custom House E16 3HS
Yesterday Javier Silva and Fausto Esparza from Mexico arrived in the Sport Compass House in the Royal Docks Community School next to ExCel. Javier Silva and Fausto Esparza are the creators of a new type of cycling, Cycling Independent. This new sport is designed for people with visual disabilities. To make it more clear what it is: Blind cyclists use a tandem (which has two seats), in which a cyclist who can see sits as a guide and the visually impaired person is in the back seat as a second pedal. In this case, Javier, who is blind, uses a traditional bicycle and is guided by Fausto through a radio and an auditory device.
Fausto, 39, was a professional cyclist for 10 years and represented the national cycling team of Mexico for several years. Four years ago he had an accident in a contest and lost mobility chest down. Javier, 41, lost his sight six years ago because of a virus that affected his brain. When Javier Silva and Fausto Esparza met each other, they combined their talents and developed this new form of cycling. The two sportsmen work as a team. Javier is guided by Fausto through a radio and an auditory device. They think this way of cycling is great because of the freedom to cycle independently.
In 2011 Javier and Fauso participated in the Parapan American Games, where they were exposing their sport. Javier en Fausto are really happy that Sport Compass invited them to expose the Cycling Independent in London during the Paralympic Games. Their main goal is to let the world know about this new sport. They also want to put up the sport of disabled people in other countries and they would like to see that Cycling Independent could be considered as a Paralympic Sport. “Cycling independently is accompanied with adrenaline that is latent in every breath. It was very important for me to discover more skills and enjoy the freedom of cycling independently. The teamwork with Fausto is a true test of confidence.“ Javier Silva.