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Disabled & Visually Impaired Cyclists

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.

Contact: - Alan Tibble - telephone: 01522-695781.

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Alan, stoking with wife Mary as captain

photo: Richard Whiteley

Talking Journal

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: -

The organisations below offer various combinations of tandems and captains (steerpersons).

Manchester Velodrome

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: - Andrea Ingram, Access for All, Manchester Velodrome, National Cycling Centre, Stewart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ


Newport Velodrome

They also have track tandems at Newport Velodrome which are used as part of the Welsh Disability Cycling Performance Program by visually impaired youth and senior riders.

For further information contact: - Neil Smith



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: -

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.

Tandem Experience

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 we’ll provide the opportunity to make it happen."

Go to the Tandem Experience website Disabilities page for more information: -

Charlotte's Tandems
have a number of donated tandems located all around the country.
These are available on free loan to disabled stokers.
If you would like to borrow one or have a tandem or components to donate then please contact Alex. E-mail:

Open to stokers with any disability: visual, learning, physical, whatever and of any age.

Charlotte's Tandems Web site - Charlotte's Tandems on Facebook

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 VISTA
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

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