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Erik Weihenmayer - Blind Climber/Mountaineer Stays Fit Riding Tandem Mountain Bikes

Here's a photo of Erik on a training ride going over Rollins Pass in Colorado. Erik has climbed the highest peak on every continent.  Tandem mountain biking keeps him fit when he's not scaling mountains of rock, snow, and ice.  Thanks Touch The Top for sharing this photo with us! 

Developmental Cycling Camp at the Olympic Training Center

"Learn to Race" Developmental Cycling Camp for Riders with Disabilities, April 30 - May 6, 2011, is open to riders with visual impairments.  Sighted tandem captains are needed, too.  Camp is held at the Olympic Training Center, in Chula Vista, CA.  Cyclists learn bike handling skills, safe riding techniques, and road racing strategies. Campers must be legally blind, have cerebral palsy or a head injury, have a signficant amputation or have a lower mobility impairment.  Disabled military veterans and active duty service members are strongly encouraged to attend.  Cyclists must possess the fitness and equipment to make it through all the activities of the week-long camp.

For an application and questions call:  Pam Fernandes, Cycling Camp Coordinator at 781-449-9563. The camp is offered through a partnership with U.S. Handcycling, Disabled Sports USA, U.S. Paralympics, and the United States Association of Blind Athletes.

Pictured below are tandem captain, Clay Sharp and blind stoker, Stan Moore, leading the pack in the CoMotion Classic Tandem Stage Race.

La Ruta de los Conquistorades - Mountain Bike Race - Registration Opened

La Ruta de los Conquistadores is a 4-day stage race in Costa Rica for mountain bikers.  They pedal from the west coast to the east coast, forging rivers, climbing mountains, and sweating in the jungle.  A friend of ours, Lori Miller, a blind stoker, competed in this race.  She may be the only blind racer they've ever had.  We couldn't get a photo of Lori.  But, here's a shot of Henry Abel and Amy Mitchell, friends of Bicycling Blind, racing their tandem. 

 

Want to ride RAGBRAI with Bicycling Blind?

Who wants to ride RAGBRAI, the famous ride through the small towns of Iowa, this summer?  We'd register as a group/team, Bicycling Blind, with sighted captains and blind/visually impaired stokers.  It's 434 miles, with over 20,000 feet of climbing, so you average about 70 miles per day.  July 24th-30th, 2011.  It's a big party on wheels, with about 10,000 cyclists. 

South America to Alaska by Tandem

Tandem couple, Tauru Shaw and Christiana Brochuk, both legally blind, plan to ride their tandem from the bottom of South America to Deadhorse, Alaska, pushing off in January 2012.  They'll cycle through 18 countries, yelling, "Hola!" to locals for thousands of miles, as they pedal north.  They'll visit schools for the blind along the way, bringing hope and inspiration to those with visual impairments. Tauru and Christi's resume of outdoor adventures is staggering:  summitting Mt. Whitney, Denali, and Rainier; trekking the 100 mile Annapurna circuit in Nepal, and cycling across the USA, to name a few.  What will YOU do in 2012?  Make it a year to remember!

Talking Tandems in Bend, Oregon

Last week, I enjoyed a beautiful walk in Bend, OR, with two skillful stokers registered on our site.  We discussed ideas for promoting tandem riding and expanding our website's influence.   In photo:  Ron Burzese, myself, Nancy Stevens, & guide dog Cocoa (the real brains of the group).

No Barriers Summit - June 2011

Winter Park, Colorado will be the setting for the fifth No Barriers Summit. Scheduled from June 30th to July 3rd, 2011, this is the world’s top gathering of scientists, innovators, and disabled outdoor athletes. The No Barriers Summit is a unique opportunity for people to check out the latest assistive technologies, meet some amazing people who have turned adversity to their advantage, and participate in a wide range of clinics and sympossiums.

Exciting new technology, BrainPort, helps blind people “see”

Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind man to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, has been testing exciting technology called BrainPort, which helps blind people “see” via a camera and a device that translates images into sensations on the tongue.  Watch the video of Erik using BrainPort to climb and locate objects in his home.

Thanks RoadBikeRider.com!

RoadBikeRider.com published information about our organization and our website in a recent newsletter.  Within one week, we gained over 30 tandem captains across the country!  That means more riding for our blind/visually impaired stokers.  Thanks, RoadBikeRider!  Learn about bike mechanics, strength training, cold-weather riding, nutrition, and all else cycling, at their website.  It is chock-full of information.

Burley Tandem Donated to Us

Many thanks to the Scotts in Oregon for their donation of "Ferdinand", a black Burley tandem, to the U.S. Blind Tandem Cycling Connection.  The Scotts named him after Ferdinand the Bull, the cartoon character who was more interested in smelling the flowers than bull fighting.  Ferdinand has already taken two blind stokers out for rides and he looks forward to more rides to come.  We are building a fleet of tandems in Southern California in hopes of starting a club.  If you know of a tandem that needs a home, please consider donating the bike to us.