The Tennessee Para Cycling Open is in Oak Ridge this weekend. It’s a racing event featuring competitors who are paraplegics, amputees, or otherwise physically challenged.
Here are photos by Julio Culiat from the Saturday morning races.
The event features different categories of racers competing on conventional or adapted race bikes or hand cycles.
More than half of the competitors are wounded warriors who were injured while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, some of whom race for the Paralyzed Veterans Racing, which is affiliated with Paralyzed Veterans of America, a major sponsor of the event. There are two racers from Cuba and Colombia.
Racers are competing in two events: a time trial on Saturday, May 16, staged from the Horizon Center on Highway 58 (it started at 8 a.m.) and a road race on Sunday, May 17, beginning at 8 a.m.