So maybe I’m being a big Star Trek nerd right here, but I couldn’t resist using the title.
After eight months of fund-raising we have still only made it a third of the way to our target for a new tandem. But it’s not all bad news. The funds we do have have netted us something after all…
Thanks to a really generous donation last week our fund-raising is now at just over $2000. This donation was for $400, and took me somewhat by surprise. Yes I had included a $400 option on the GoFundMe, but I wasn’t really expecting anyone to take it up. Needless to say I’m really thankful.
I have been asked why I’m asking for funding from people and groups. In effect I’ve been asked why I’m deserving of support. It’s a fair question, and I’ll do my best to respond.
Yes, it’s been a bit quiet on the Tandem Armidale blog, but things have been happening behind the scenes.
Firstly our big news is, despite being unable to make the Para-Cycling Road Nationals, we won the 2014 NPS for B Classification. Needless to say we’re really thrilled that things fell in our favour that way, after being able to make the last event.
It’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!”
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.
They Might Be Giants highlighted how time moves in their song Older, and the clock counting down the days to the first round of the National Para-cycling Series is getting closer to zero rather quickly.
This morning I have entered Dave and I in the first round of the National Para-cycling Series, which will be held in Toowoomba, Queensland. Held over two days, it will run alongside the Oceania Road Championships.
In October last year Andrew was interviewed about being a blind stoker for RideOn magazine, which is produced by Bicycle Network Victoria.
You can now read the article online.
The best laid plans of mice and men. There are always things that get in the way, but onwards we shall go.
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.