Paracyclists Wheel into Quebec City

Paracyclists Wheel into Quebec City

About forty cyclists and paracyclists cycled from Donnacona to Quebec City on September 15 as part of the IRDPQ Cyclist Challenge to help the development of adapted sports.

Participants, including Paralympic athletes, departed CLSC Donnacona for a 48 km ride to the offices of the Institute of Physical Rehabilitation of Quebec (IRDPQ), on Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel in Quebec.

On the same day, 25 other cyclists and paracyclists completed a journey of 93 km from Charlevoix to the same finish line in Quebec.

The group was led by the professional cyclist David Veilleux, honorary president of the Challenge.

Among others, three paracyclists, participants who have suffered strokes, and staff from the Institute, began in Donnacona, where the IRDPQ service point is situated.

A little over $ 20,000 was raised through this event.

The money will go to the Élan Foundation, and the IRDPQ foundation, to facilitate access to adapted sports equipment and adapted recreational activities.

Initially present in Donnacona, Paralympian Robert Labbé, back from London, stated that the equipment is often expensive. The price of the handcycle is more than $10,000.

Member of the Canadian national team since 2009, Mr. Labbé, from Bellechasse, took part in the time trial, on the road and in relay races, finishing 10th, 5th, and 6th.

He is now preparing for the Paracycling  World Championships in Baie-Comeau which will be followed by the World Cup Challenge in Matane next year.

One of the organizers of the event, Pierre Pomerleau, believes that with the recent introduction of the Paralympic Games, it is likely that more people will be interested in playing sports in the coming months.

The manager was very pleased with the participation in the first edition of Cyclist Challenge.

The organizers wish that this event becomes an annual fundraiser.
……………………………………………………………….. Staff Writer

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