Grant Nickel – Handcycling
Grant Nickel has been successful in sports ever since he first became involved trying a variety
including wheelchair rugby for a number of years but eventually finding his love with handcycling.
He has successfully competed in the UCI event in Adelaide 2015 being selected to represent Australia in the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup and World Championship in Germany and Switzerland later in the same year where he cemented some gold hardware for Australia. Grant now looks to qualify for Rio and to qualify in the Paralympic Games.
Handcycling is becoming one of the world’s fastest growing disability sports, the speed and adrenalin in this new sport is very addictive and its recent inclusion into the Paralympic program further highlights its popularity.
Riders use specially designed bikes in either a kneeling, seated or recumbent (lying down) position and propel themselves using arm cranks.
Classification (Guide Only)
H1: Quadriplegic (H1.1 and H1.2)
H2: Paraplegic (no trunk)
H3: Paraplegic and Amputee (with trunk function)
H4: Ride in kneeling position (legs tucked under)