The Countdown is On

National Para-Cycling Series logoIt’s Wednesday afternoon, and in less than 48 hours we will have ridden our first Para-cycling race.

Yes, the first round of the National Para-cycling Series is on Friday and Saturday in Toowoomba, Queensland, alongside the Zarraffa’s Oceania Road Championships.

We’ll be riding a 20km Time Trial from 7:30am on Friday, on the same course as the Oceania’s before they start, and then a 69.76km Road Race from 7:30am Sunday.

Not totally sure what else will be going on over the weekend, but I expect we’ll keep our Twitter account and Facebook page up to date with whatever happens!

And of course, if you see us in Toowoomba, do say “hi!”

About This Stoker (Part 2)

I’ve already outlined in a previous post my primary diagnosis of my blindness. As part of the classification process as a para-cyclist I’ve had to get an extensive history from my doctors. This has lead to me being reminded of some other things I didn’t mention last time, and my discovery of problems I didn’t know I had.

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Country Living

A couple of weeks ago Matt de Neef, aka @climbingcyclist tweeted:

My immediate thought was that where we ride, it would be lucky if it was only twice our speed. Living regionally, we are mostly riding on roads with a 100km/hr speed limit, and often they have little or no shoulder, a different riding experience to the bike paths and roads of Wollongong that I road before returning to Armidale.

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About this Stoker

Some readers will know me already from posts on Media Access Australia, ABC Ramp Up and Twitter. Others of you who read this because you’ll see the post via Facebook or otherwise because we’ve been friends. Some readers won’t know me at all. I thought it was time to present a little about my vision impairment. For those who don’t know me, hopefully it will be informative. For those I’ve not had face-to-face time with recently, it’ll be a bit of an update

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The Things You Hear

I understand that riding a tandem is much more common in other countries than it is in Australia. Seeing a tandem is such a novelty for some people they feel they just have to say something. I though I’d give a list here of the most common things heard while riding a tandem. Some of this is funny, some of it isn’t, but I suspect you’ll be able to work out where I’m being serious.

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February’s Challenge

Through January and February 2014 Katherine, Natalie and Patricia will be riding around New South Wales to raise funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

Riding For Indpendence LogoI’ve known Katherine for a few years now, she rides with Exsight Tandems in Sydney and Wollongong, and even took my place on the Management Committee when I moved back to Armidale.

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