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Want to go blind tandem cycling on the world's highest motorable road?

Join the
Adventures Beyond Barriers trip to cycle the 550 km from Manali to Khardung La on the world’s highest motorable road.  One blind tandem team has completed this route.  Click here to watch a short video of their trip.  If interested, contact Tanya at Adventures Beyond Barriers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Tandem Team Takes Bronze at Worlds Paracycling Track World Championships

Blind stoker Chester Triplett and his sighted captain, Stephen Pedone, only met at the end of 2016 and already have a World’s bronze medal to their name. “We managed to ride the bike as one,” said Pedone in his recap. Pedone shares his story of how he and Chester became a team. He says, “Magical.  That is the only word we could use to describe our first ride together. There is an unexplainable feeling of speed and coordination that happens when two people mesh well and ride together on a tandem.”

Do you need a captain or a stoker? Check our our Map of User Locations and the Stoker’s Hub or Captain’s Hub to create a profile and find someone near you.


Cycling Development Camp by US Association of Blind Athletes

May 21-27, 2017 in Colorado Springs is the Cycling Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center. Ideal applicants are in a physical condition to endure two rides per day and 100+ miles of riding during the week. Learn more and register by clicking here.

BOISE, IDAHO now has a tandem captain signed up on bicyclingblind.org!

Yahoo! In Boise, two visually impaired stokers created profiles on our website in 2011. They have been waiting five years for a tandem captain to sign up, so they can go for a bike ride. Yes, five long years.

Then, along comes James Hickey.  He moved from California to Boise last month, found the stokers on the map, and made the connection.  Snow is on the ground, so they are starting their connection with cross country skiing.

Thanks, James, for sharing the ride in your new home state of Idaho! We here at Bicycling Blind Los Angeles will miss your wit and good humor.

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Tandem Video - Part 1 (made by: Blind Stokers Club)

The Blind Stokers Club out of San Diego, California, has made two videos introducing tandem cycling to captains and stokers.  Here is Part 1.  Please share with anyone interested in the sport.  

 

Los Angeles Rides

Los Angeles Bicycling Blind enjoyed riding around Malibou Lake and up and over the mountains to King Gillette Ranch.  Next ride is August 8, 2015.

Volunteer of the Month Award by Senator Pavley

Senator Fran Pavley, from California Senate District 27, awarded Bicycling Blind Los Angeles, the Volunteer of the Month Award, for April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycling Blind Los Angeles

In November, we rode to King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.  We enjoyed the Visitor Center’s film about the area and our blind stokers got their bearings with the tactile map displaying the mountains and canyons where we cycle.  Of special interest was the Native American basket weaving exhibition,  with baskets hundreds of years old.  Photo compliments of James Hickey Photography.

Bicycling Blind Los Angeles

We enjoyed warm weather today as we pedaled 26 miles out to Hidden Valley and back for our October ride.  We don’t have enough captains to meet the demand each month.  Please contact us if you can share the ride!  If you don’t own a tandem, we’ll loan you one and train you to captain a blind stoker.

Los Angeles Bicycling Blind Group Rides

Photo Courtesy of James Hickey Photography

We are sharing the ride in the Conejo Valley, which is considered one of the best road biking regions in southern California due to wide streets, bike lanes, and a variety of terrain.  We meet once a month on a Saturday morning and pedal for 25-30 miles.  Stokers travel from downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the San Fernando Valley.