The Tandem Club has a Disabilities Liaison Officer who may be able to help with queries related to disabled people and to visually impaired cyclists. The Club does not have facilities to offer tandems for loan but see below for organisations with this facility. People with disabilities are welcome as members and to participate in Club activities.
You may find 'Doing Sport Differently' helpful.
Contact: - Alan Tibble - telephone: 01522-695781.
Alan, stoking with wife Mary as captain
photo: Richard Whiteley
The Tandem Club produces its bi-monthly journal as a Talking Journal on CD for visually impaired people.
Contact: - John and Pippa Hand
Time Trialling with the CTT
Alan has negotiated with the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) on behalf of disabled stokers that the disabled person may apply for a dispensation to ride in solo events on a tandem, provided the field is not full and this dispensation applies (in his case) to his own county and the adjoining counties. The reason for this is that if a person wishes to time trial often there may not be many events for tandems in a person's own area.
Anyone interested should either contact Alan or contact the competitions secretary of the CTT as each person will need to apply for their own dispensation direct to the CTT. To find contact details for the CTT secretary, look at the CTT website, at the following address: - www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk
The organisations below offer various combinations of tandems and captains (steerpersons).
For the more adventurous, how about trying lapping around the Manchester Velodrome?
Under Sport For All, British Cycling will provide a steersperson and a track tandem free of charge to disabled riders. I have tried it and it's quite an experience!
Contact: - Paul West, Disability Cycling Coordinator, Access for All, Manchester Velodrome, National Cycling Centre, Stewart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ
Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust) is a national disability charity providing breaks for disabled adults, children and their carers. They run several tandem holidays for visually impaired people every year. These holidays are aimed at beginners through to advanced cyclists and take place around the UK and Europe with occasional trips to more exotic locations around the world. Along with the visually impaired riders on these tandem holidays, they are always in need of sighted front riders. Full tandem training is offered on beginners holidays.
To find out more, have a look at their web site: - http://www.vitalise.org.uk
For detailed information on holidays for visually impaired people,
contact: - email:
Life Cycle UK - Two's Company
Life Cycle UK is a charity that helps people take up cycling by equipping them with the skills, the knowledge and the confidence to make cycling part of their everyday lives. Their Two'sCompany initiative is aimed at helping visually impaired people to ride on tandems with a sighted captain.
To find out more, have a look at their web site: -
For more information, contact them via the link on their website.
Bury Tandem Club for Blind and Partially Sighted People
A friendly club and charity of about 30 people who enjoy cycling. All of our rear riders, called stokers, have a visual impairment and range from very experienced club cyclists who have lost their sight to younger people who have discovered the joys of cycling through the club.
Quoting from the Tandem Experience website, "If you have a disability or would like to learn to ride a tandem with someone who has a disability, all you need is a positive attitude and well provide the opportunity to make it happen."
Go to the Tandem Experience website Disabilities page for more information: -
Charlotte's Tandems Web site - Charlotte's Tandems on Facebook
Charlotte's Tandems have a lots tandems located all around the country.
These are available on free loan to stokers with a disability or additional need, so that they can cycle wherever, with whomever and whenever they like.
If you would like to borrow one then please contact Alex via their website
Open to stokers with any disability: visual, learning, physical, whatever and of any age.
Off Road Tandeming in the North Yorkshire Moors
Riding for All is an activity provided by Moors Mountain Biking.
It allows access to the forests and countryside in the North Yorkshire Moors by means of a Tandem Mountain Bike. The activity is aimed at people who have a disability, visual impairment, or to assist with rehabilitation after an accident. It is delivered in a safe, professional and fun manner by a qualified and very experienced Mountain Bike Coach.
This is a unique service that allows people to experience the exhilaration of the outdoor life.
For more information see the Riding For All Website
Coventry Visually Impaired and Sighted Tandem Association (Coventry VISTA, for short) is located in the Earlsdon district of Coventry.
Our aim is to enable the Visually Impaired to discover and enjoy the pleasures of cycling. We promote and encourage Tandem Bicycle riding for both leisure and competitive interests.
For more information see the Coventry VISTA website
Wheels for Wellbeing
Supporting disabled people to cycle in London.
For more information see the Wheels for Wellbeing website.
If you are not sure about getting into sport with a disability then see below.
British Cycling has a useful 'Guide to Paracycling' explaining the various classifications and competitions.
RADAR the disability rights people; Doing Sport Differently
Doing Sport Differently is a guide written by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. It covers the benefits of sport and fitness and how people with disabilities can get involved whether playing, watching or coaching. Its not just for the next Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, but for everyone!
Please see the following link to download the free PDF: Doing Sport Differently