Blind Tandem Team – Training No.4
Time/Date: 4-6pm, 9th May 2015
Venue: HTCC, SS14, Subang Jaya
Attendees: Eddy, Jeffrey, Gus, Siow Ling, Maryati.
Absent: Steven (participating in 100kg Judo at International Blind Sports Association Meet in Seoul, Korea.
Guest Rider: Evon Lim (Jeffrey’s guest)FIRST FEMALE TANDEM PAIR
It was a proud moment for BBT (BESS Blind Team) as we launch the first female tandem pair of Maryati & Siow Ling in Klang Valley.
While waiting for Jeffrey & Evon, Eddy & Gus rode one loop on the fast & furious Black Horse tandem. It was the first time for Gus to navigate a blind rider, besides Steven. Eddy explained the role of the navigator & pillion rider to Gus. Gus practiced shifting gears to give a more effortless ride under different elevation. Gus also noticed how important it was to have a pillion rider who is well-balanced to prevent the tandem from slipping sideways. Another important advice from Eddy was to not slow down for bumps & potholes. Instead, the navigator must ride straight through these obstacles as the long wheel base of the tandem can withstand such impact. Before the impact, the navigator must warn the pillion to brace himself & grip handle tighter to steady the bike. We must not swerving suddenly to avoid obstacles because this will cause both riders to lose balance & fall. After my ride with Eddy, I realised what a truly accomplished tandem rider he was, and I know that he has put in a lot of effort on his trainer at home to be a stronger rider.
Meanwhile, Maryati & Siow Ling was riding for the first time together. As in my case, the first blind tandem training session for Maryati was awkward as she has to get use to keeping good balance on the tandem and, at the same time, steer the bike with a pillion rider behind. I was happy to see that our female tandem pair was slowly, but surely, working well as a team. With more practice together, I am confident that Maryati & Siow Ling will be an outstanding team. I felt excited & fortunate to be able to witness their first few baby steps today as this was really a history-making moment for our little group.
Before I sign-off, I would like to extend our team’s appreciation to our guest rider, Evon Lim who rode together with us. In fact, we welcome anyone to join our weekly training session as we are more than happy to share with you the joys of blind tandem riding. On this note, I will leave you with an inspirational quote from our team captain Eddy, “As you take one step at the time, one will find a lot of surprises”.
About The Author: Gus Ghani is a qualified Senior High-Intensity Interval Training Coach. His ambition is to promote an active & healthy lifestyle in order to help people live life to the fullest. In his spare time, he likes to participate in endurance sports and play with his pet cats.
You can contact Gus by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.