Cycling / handcycling

Image of a group of three handcyclists on a rideCycling can be enjoyed by anyone as an exciting sport or a relaxing recreational activity, and is a great form of outdoor exercise. There are many variations for people of all abilities, including tandem (two-person) cycling for people with a vision impairment and handcycling using recumbent bikes powered by arms rather than legs.

Download our cycling and handcycling fact sheet for more details.

Local programs

Contact your local cycling club for information about come and try days, beginner courses, social cycling events and membership. For a list of cycling clubs in your area, visit Cycling Queensland.


Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local clubs and governing bodies for the sport.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Members should join their local cycling club to gain access to club competitions in track racing, road racing and handcycling. Your membership with the cycling club will include membership with Cycling Queensland and include insurance. Opportunities for cyclists with a disability vary from club to club. Contact Cycling Queensland for more information.

Paracyclists can compete at state, national and world championships as well the Paralympics.

Cyclists have to be classified to compete at state, national and international level.


You will need a safe roadworthy bike and an Australian Standards approved helmet. There are many types of bikes available – bicycles, mountain bikes, tricycles, tandems, handcycles and recumbent tricycles (rider sits in a reclining position). Adapted bikes can be specially modified to suit individual needs. The choice of bike will depend on your individual needs and choice of cycling discipline.

Our Association has a range of tandem cycles (for cyclists with a vision impairment) and handcycles (for cyclists with a lower limb disability) available for hire to members. If you are interested in buying your own handcycle, click here for information on suppliers and manufacturers.

Other roles

You don’t have to be a cyclist to be involved. You can make a contribution as a club volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Cycling Queensland.

Working with mainstream sport

We are pleased to welcome Cycling Queensland as part of the Sports CONNECT Queensland network as the organisation aims to develop more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in cycling as cyclists, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

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