PEZ Discovers: The Deaf Cycling Championships

Summarized by Sarah Kurpiel, staff writer

Deaf cycler Tom Smith represented Great Britain in the European Deaf Cycling Champions, which took place 8-16 September 2012 in Togliatti, Russia. Smith took home a hard-fought bronze medal in the points race, placed 5th in the sprint event, and 6th in the road race. Deaf cycling is rapidly growing in popularity. It has its own World Championships, European Championships, and cycling events in the Deaflympics. Smith was the first rider to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in over 30 years. Having received no funding from his own government, he fully self-funded his trip. While at the Championships, he found the Deaf cycling community extremely welcoming and made many friends.

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