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Para-cyclists descend on Greenville for World Championships

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Para-cyclists compete in a UCI race. (Source: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Facebook) Para-cyclists compete in a UCI race. (Source: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Facebook)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Hundreds of international athletes will compete in various competitions across Greenville during the Labor Day weekend for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Thursday through Monday, athletes from more than 40 countries will compete in individual and relay races.

Para-cycling is a competition for cyclists with physical disabilities. The Union Cycliste Internationale world championships are held annually, except during Paralympic competition years.

The competitors use bicycles adapted to his or her abilities, including traditional or adapted bikes, tandem, tricycles or handcycles. 

The event's opening ceremony and parade of nations is set for 6 p.m. at the Peace Center's outdoor TD Stage followed by a free concert from RetroVertigo.

The first competition is the handcycle relay on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the BMW Performance Center. The remaining competitions will be held at the Millennium Campus on Carolina Point Parkway, which runs parallel to Interstate 85 between Woodruff and Laurens roads. 

Greenville is the first American city to host the world championships since 1998 when it was held in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Click here for a complete list of event times, a race schedule and more.

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