Put your faith in a tandem rider?

I have been watching the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and I am so inspired by the tandem riders I had to share it in a post!

Apparently para-cycling has been introduced in this Commonwealth Games, and it involves tandem bike riders racing around the track at up to 60km/hr (about 37 mph). Picture a bike with two seats, the front taken by a ‘pilot’ and the back seat by a vision impaired cyclist who must put their trust in the pilot to act as their eyes on the track.

The trust between the two riders is so inspiring. This morning I watched a tandem sprint with Australia and Scotland up against each other, the pairs each had to react quickly when the other pair made a move, it was so exciting. In the race I watched it went to the third and final decider to award the medal.

The other thing that really motivated me to write this post was the fact that this race came on just after I watched able-bodied athletes compete. I love the integration of the athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Everyone came out together at the opening ceremony, all medals add up on the same tally. Indeed it was at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne that the first athlete with a disability carried her country’s flag (Canadian Chantal Petitclerc) in the integrated opening ceremony. It gives me great hope for our world, improvements do happen.

Oh and if you must know, Scotland won.

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2 thoughts on “Put your faith in a tandem rider?

  1. I love this. I’d never heard of the Commonwealth Games before but now I want to check them out. I love the fact that athletes of different abilities compete and the score is tallied the same for all. More of this, please! Thanks for sharing, Kellie. I hope you are having a great time!

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    1. Thank you so much! Me too about the tally, I love that. It might be a small thing to some people but to me it gives me hope with all the crap going on in the world, that there are changes being made for the better.

      Hope you are going well too, can’t wait to hear how your readings went!

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