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Students back at the museumStudents cycling in Canberra

Opening eyes to the fun of tandem cycling

In the depths of a Canberra winter Fitability hosted a group of young cyclists from schools in and around towns such as Wagga Wagga, Orange and Bathurst.  13 tandem bikes ridden by Fitability pilots made their way around Lake Burley Griffin with 11 students and 1 teacher with vision impairment, and 1 Paralympic tandem cycling gold medallist adding extra pedalling power and a heap of enthusiasm.

The group managed to dodge heavy rainstorms before and after the ride and got to see, or hear a description of, the impressive buildings and sights of the national capital.  At the end of the ride the students urged their pilots to pull out all stops and raced to be the first back to the museum.

Afterwards all the students, teachers and Fitability volunteers enjoyed lunch and hot drinks in the warmth of the National Museum café.

 

Tandem Antics 15 May

On 15 May 2016 we held a fun Come and Try event for people considering becoming tandem cyclists in the traffic free National Archives of Australia Carpark.

10 potential pilots tried tandeming under the guidance of our experienced riders. After mastering car park riding, including a slalem course, many set off around the roads of Parkes, avoiding the Shannons Wheels 2016 car enthusiasts a few blocks away. That raised a few eyebrows!

We hope that our new pilots will find some tandem cycling activities they will enjoy with our vision impaired riders in the coming months.