Thanks and Good Luck

New England Mutual LogoA big thanks to our sponsor New England Mutual for coming on board for another year. Tandem Armidale has been given $250 this year through their annual Community Support program.

We should also say good luck to pilot Dave, who is half of a team that’s in the final five of the Westpac Innovation Challenge. They’re up for $40,000 and six months in the Blue Chilli Startup Accelerator.

Winter Has Come

A dusting of snow on a gardenIt’s been quiet around here. It’s also been cold. Like much of the eastern half of Australia we’ve had some periods of extreme cold. Armidale has even seen snow twice in July, something that usually only happens every few years at most. With days at a stretch being below 5°C, freezing rain, sleet and the aforementioned snow, it’s not been great riding weather.
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Now is the time to plan

A pie chart with no lablesAs you may be aware, Tandem Armidale is part of a larger non-profit group, Exsight Tandems. That means that we’re an incorporated, not for profit association, and in addition we have charitable status.

It’s the time of year for doing budgets, and we’re just working on ours. We need around $1200 to run for the year. It’s not a lot of money, and just about all of it is spent making sure our bikes are able to be ridden.
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Support Tandem Armidale

You might recall our GoFundMe campaign last year, in which we offered some rewards for donations to the campaign. One was the Tandem Armidale cycling kit, which is on its way. The other two material items were T-Shirts and Caps.

It’s now time to fulfil our commitment on these, so we’re sorting these out for donors and we’ll be in touch shortly.

If you didn’t support us in the campaign, but you’d like to do so now and get yourself a cap or t-shirt (or multiples), then you can let us know now.

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Turning Pedals and not Moving

If you’re going to compete in any sport, there’s one thing you have to do: train. When it comes to being blind and a para-cyclist, things can get a little more tricky. Trying to coordinate a pilot and stoker so they can find time to ride together between family and work commitments is tricky.

If you’re following Tandem Armidale on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Google Plus, you’ll tend to see when we get out on the tandem, often at lunch and on weekends. The rest of my training is done solo, but how does that work for someone who only has light perception?

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Vale Stella Young

I was in a strange city, walking up the footpath, trailing along the shop fronts with my cane. My concentration was broken when she said my name as she passed.

It was the only time I ever met Stella in person. I’d been sent to Melbourne for a training workshop, and we’d managed to schedule a dinner with her and a couple of other mutual friends.

We walked back up the road to our dinner, me holding the back of her chair, letting her guide me through the unfamiliar territory.

I’ve not often been out with wheelchair users, so I felt that two wheelchairs, a short statured man and a blind cane user may have generated a stare or two that night. Honestly none of us could have cared less.

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