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Aerodynamic Science and Paralympic Cycling

Scientists at the National University of Ireland Galway and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and KU Leuven have  been exploring the role of aerodynamic science in Paralympic cycling.  Two key findings were: 

1) The typical time-trial setup with a time-trial handlebar for the pilot and the stoker does not provide the lowest aerodynamic resistance. The stoker holding the seatpost of the tandem bicycle (frame-clench setup) provides a gain of 8.1 s over a 10 km race.

2) The most aerodynamic race setup of the tandem cyclists is not the one where pilot and stoker bodies are closest to the horizontal. The pilot being slightly more upright gives a benefit of 6.5 s over 10 km.

Read the full article here.

  

 

Long Beach, Calfornia: Tandem Captain Needed

A tandem captain is needed for a VI man in his 80’s, who lives in Long Beach, California.  He is a former paratrooper and a strong, active rider on his single recumbent bicycle on the Long Beach area bike paths.  Due to fading vision, he needs to transition to tandems.  He is 5’10” and weighs under 200 lbs.  Ideally, the captain would have a recumbent tandem.  If you can share the ride, please contact us and we can put you in touch with him.

Blind Adventurer - Erik Weihenmayer bikepacked Utah's White Rim Trail

The White Rim Trail, located in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, in Utah is a 100 mile long bumpy dirt road.  Erik Weihenmayer rode it on a tandem with his captain Charley Mace.  The trail takes cyclists along the “White Rim” layer of sandstone, with dramatic canyons below and majestic red rock cliffs above. The trail leads to arches, towers and other fantastic rock formations.  Way to go, Erik!  Read Erik’s blog of his journey by clicking here.


Tandem Bikes for Military Veteran Cyclists

Through funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, USABA  (United States Association of Blind Athletes) is proud to offer grants to five military veterans to purchase their own tandem bike. Each grant will be for $3,000.00 and must be used to purchase a tandem bike. Interested military veterans can apply by completing the application downloadable from the USABA website an by emailing it to Kevin Brousard at kbrousard [at] usaba [dot] org by June 15, 2018.

 


Chester, Connecticut: Tandem Captain Needed

A tandem captain is needed for a 5’2”, 110 lb woman who lives in Chester, Connecticut. She is training for a triathlon. She used to ride a single bike before she lost her vision. The indoor training is getting boring and she wants to get out on the road.  If you can share the ride, please let us know by using the Contact link.

 

 

Concord, New Hampshire Tandem Captains Needed

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE tandem captains needed for a visually impaired male who wants to ride more often. He owns his own Cannondale tandem, 26 inch tires, flat bars. He rides 30-40 miles presently - wants to go longer distances with additional training. He is 5’9” and 210 lbs. Info on the fit of the captain’s position on the tandem is not precise - was told it could fit someone 5’9” up to 6’4”. You’ll need to confirm. This stoker works full-time, so could ride on weekends. Please click on the Contact link if you can share the ride. We will help facilitate your communication with this rider.


USABA September Cycling Development Camp

The United States Association of Blind Athletes will hold a Cycling Camp on September 9-15, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is for stokers and captains.  Ideal applicants are able to ride two times per day for more than 100 miles of biking during the week.  You should also be able to provide your own captain and equiment (bike, helmet, gloves, shorts, etc…).  If you need a captain or equipment please notify USABA when applying.  Funding is available for military veterans and active duty service members. Click here to learn more and register.

Tandem biking in Boise Idaho - Bikes Needed

THE IDAHO COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED ACCEPTS DONATIONS OF TANDEM BIKES FOR THE BLIND. TO DONATE, CONTACT LISA BAKER AT (208) 867-2150.

Tandem biking outing in Yosemite National Park May 15-18, 2017

Tandem cycling outing in Yosemite National Park - Still 1 or 2 spots left for May 15-18 “Rock & Roll Yosemite ‘17 - A Cycling Park Experience”. This four (4) day three (3) nights tour will utilize handcycles or tandems to tour the valley floor, including educational programs and is specifically designed for those with physical challenges. There will be Adaptive Rock Climbing sessions on a granite rock wall led by Mark Wellman. Participants must be 21 or older. Cost: $450.00 Contact: Jenny Yarrow or Rick Mason at (916) 808-6017 and tell them you heard about it from bicyclingblind.org


Tandem Cycling on the Move in Oregon

The Mt. Hood Bicycle Pedestrian Coalition is collaborating with the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind to develop a tandem cycling program for the blind.  They hope to have the program up and cycling in Sandy, Oregon, by the summer of 2018.  They need tandem captains.  Contact George Wilson at the MHBPC if you are interested in being either a captain or a stoker.