Trying to come up with an excuse as to why you can’t do that hard bike set? Forget about it.

Spain's Ricardo Ten Argiles competes at the 2020 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
Spain’s Ricardo Ten Argiles competes at the 2020 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

If you ever need motivation to get yourself training hard … get yourself to a para cycling or para triathlon event.

Take, for example, Ricardo Ten Argiles, a three-time Paralympic swimming gold medalist who took to bike racing in 2017 and has quickly become a force in that sport – he won three gold medals at this weekend’s Para Cycling Track World Championship in Milton, Ontario.

Ten Argiles lost his arms and one leg when he was eight and touched a power line, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a super-successful swimmer and now cyclist. Watching him take three gold medals at this weekend’s world championships makes it easy to get on the bike for a hard workout – watching him do what he does provides ample motivation.

A few more shots of inspirational athletes we’re very likely to see compete later this year at the Paralympics in Tokyo. Hopefully they’ll help you nail that next bike set, too.

Germany's Erich Winkler competes in the pursuit event at the Para Cycling World Championship in Milton, Ontario
Germany’s Erich Winkler competes in the pursuit event at the Para Cycling World Championship in Milton, Ontario. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
A number of above the knee amputees compete pedalling with just one leg.
A number of above the knee amputees compete pedalling with just one leg. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
You know you’re serious when your prosthesis is designed to be aerodynamic. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
China’s Wangwei Qian competes in the pursuit final. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
Paracyclist Ivan Ermakov from Russia competes at the UCI Para Cycling World Championships.
Russia’s Ivan Ermakov. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
Japan's Miho Fuji prepares for the 500 m time trial at the 2020 UCI para cycling track world championships. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon
Japan’s Miho Fuji prepares for the 500 m time trial. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

 

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