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Tandems celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille - 12 December

Several FIT-Ability volunteers joined young students at the vision resource centre at Maribrynong School to commemorate the contribution made by Louis Braille to the lives of blind people. The students celebrated the occasion through participation in fun educational activities and games and tandem bike riding. In spite of bad weather all the students were impatient to ride tandem and were unstoppable as they and their pilots burned along the bike paths and through the puddles. Other vision impaired students had fun solving the puzzle and putting together a dismantled tandem bike so that it could be ridden.

Hartley 2008Hartley Challenge 29 November

FIT-Ability's tandems were once again given the opportunity to participate in this year's Hartley Challenge. This gruelling 3-day cycling event was testing for some of our riders, who are recreational riders and their first time doing this. This year, the Dream Team, i.e. us, so aptly named the ‘Tangerine Dream' was under the motherly wings of the very cool ‘Go Bananas' aka the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets (FFFM) team. Hartley Lifecare raised over $380,000. The three-day challenge we faced was a small one compared to the challenges of the many clients that Hartley Lifecare support.

Tour de Femme – 9 November

This year seven tandem bikes participated and the fastest time to complete the 20 km race was achieved by a TANDEM! Brandie and Kerrie finished the race in 31:53 minutes, ahead of the race winner (on a single bike) Bec Barwick. Rosemary and Lindy came a close second in the tandem category.

Canberra Junior and Women's Tour 'Come and Try' time trial for riders with disabilities - 6 July

The Canberra Junior and Womens' Tour ended with a bang! Yes, a big one, from us, FITAbility & Pedal Power, the dynamic duo & tandem partners in crime.

Praise to the organisers of this event, to have them include a ‘Come and Try' time trial for riders with disabilities. There were 9 entries, including Michael Milton and Jane Armstrong, our Canberra paralympian cyclists who will be off to camp soon for Beijing. 5 entries from our end, i.e. over half of the field:

The time trial was basically a start from the criterion circuit (Mt Stromlo), out left onto Uriarra Road for some distance, a turn around and back the same way, a total distance of about 9.5km.

There was a head-wind going out, and everyone whinged about the first climb after getting out of the crit, Edwina & Deb had no idea of the rolling terrain that was to come (first time on Uriarra Road for both), but how sweet was it coming back with the tail-wind and downhill back into the crit! In fact, Kay & Brandie came first, a minute ahead of Michael's time!

FIT-Ability features in "Ride" Magazine – June

FIT-Ability featured in an article in Australia’s "Ride" magazine. The article features photos of tandem riders participating in the Big Canberra Bike Ride earlier in the year and discussed the increasing demand for tandem riding for vision impaired cyclists.