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Training Tips

Wheelchair for Racing – Racer

Expert: Mr. Fung Ying Ki - The first local Marathon wheelchair race finisher of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012

Key Points:

Components of a Racer:

  • There are 3 wheels in total: 1 small wheel at the front and 2 large wheels at the back which are of 27” diameter (same size as a regular bike).
  • Steering handles are at the front for direction control: 
  • Road steering: when you have to turn, you press it; when you exert no pressure, the racer will resume to original position and move straight forward by the hydraulic bar.
  • Track steering: It usually uses at athletic field when practicing. You may adjust the pre-set angle and make turn with this mechanical lever steering without using the road steering. 

Position yourself at the racer:

  • The cage is built according to body dimension. Instead of sitting, wheelchair athletes kneel in the cage.
  • Make sure you lean forward instead of backward. This posture reduces air resistance and keeps you safe. Leaning backward could cause the racer to turn upside down.

Acceleration:

  • A common method to accelerate the speed is to use index fingers and middle fingers to press against the ‘push rim’ from a 1 o’clock position push down to a 5 o’clock position.
  • Keep your upper body at a horizontal orientation. Avoid moving up and down to lower air resistance.
  • To protect your hands from scratches, wheelchair athletes should wear gloves which have a pad under the thumb, index and the middle finger.
  • A new technique is adopted amongst Asian athletes recently: press against the inner side of push rim instead of the outer from a 1 o’clock position down to a 6 o’clock position. This increases the driving distance for acceleration and thus the speed.