The U.S. Blind Tandem Cycling Connection endeavors to increase the participation of individuals who are visually impaired or blind in the exhilarating sport of tandem cycling.
We serve as a resource to:
  • Connect blind and visually impaired cyclists with sighted cyclists
  • Educate people about tandem cycling
  • Disseminate information about cycling clubs, events, and opportunities
  • Address the needs of the blind tandem cycling community

Ron

Riding a tandem makes me feel so alive.  I don’t have to worry about watching where I am going.  I can open up the throttle and fly.  I am so grateful to any pilot who shares the ride with me.

— Ron Burzese, Stoker, Sacramento, CA

Recent News Coverage of BicyclingBlind.org

Blind Stoker Club commended by Bicycling Blind

 A reporter from the U-T San Diego newspaper contacted the U.S. Blind Tandem Cycling Connection for their input on the San Diego based, Blind Stokers Club.  The Club is the largest and most successful of its kind in the USA.  They hold regular rides throughout the year, often to fun venues such as Balboa Park, a Padres game, or an Air Show.  They also host the Cycling for Sight ride each July to raise money for the San Diego Center for the Blind.

Latest on the BicyclingBlind.org blog

April 08, 2019 by ctinberg

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.