Para-Cycling is one of the most important sports on the fight for a good position on the Paralympic medal table. Of all the 23 modalities, Para-Cycling is the third with most medals, after Athletics and Swimming.
At the Rio Games, for example, it distributed 150 medals (50 gold ones), just like in London 2012. In Beijing 2008 a little less, with 135 medals. Therefore, the country that prepares the best and manage to achieve good results has bigger chances of a better situation at the medal table.
Looking at the Rio 2016 medal table, you can see how important Para-Cycling was to countries like Germany and Italy, for example. 44,44% of the German’s gold medals were achieved on the modality, while exactly 50% of the Italian`s first places were on Para-Cycling, without them Italians would be outside the Top 10. Germany finished on the 6th place with 18 gold medals against 17 from the Netherlands, on Para-Cycling, the score was 8 against 3 for the Germans. Without the Para-Cycling medals, Germany would be the 9th on the medal table. Italy won 5 gold medals on it, finishing at 9th on the general table, one position better than Poland that only won 2 gold medals on Para-Cycling. At the general table, the Italians got 10 golds against 8 from the Polish.