Would you take up an offer to be a captain for a blind stoker for next Paralympic Games in Athens? I have been requested to take up this challenge but I feel I am not mentally prepared to handle a blind stoker. I have checked through web sites and looked around for book references about tandeming with Blind and came up with nothing. Would really appreciate if anyone here who has been through a tandem road bike race especially with a blind stoker, give me a few pointers what to expect. If there are relevant web sites I could refer to would be really helpful.
Just to let you know more about myself:
1)Have never ridden or raced on a road tandem before. I only use my mountain bike tandem for touring and recreation long distance cycling. In both instance, my stoker are normal people with perfect eye sight.
2)Only a couple of race experience on a single road bike and mountain bike at a local derby.
3)We will be the 1st batch of tandem riders from Malaysia to compete in a cycling event in any Paralympic Games. Which means, I canít refer to previous rider for their experiences.
4)I do not who know my stoker is but will be meeting up with her sooner or later. I hope she is about my height and size.
5)I am on barely 5ft 1in. I had a fair bit of problem looking for a road bike that fit me and eventually, I had to custom made it. I am using a 42cm(centre to centre) size road bike. A 44cm would have been manageable. Does anyone have recommendation of a extra small frame tandem road bike available in the market that is suitable for road race?
6)Coach and tandem will be assigned to us in the near future but right at this moment, we are on our own.
May be I am just too chicken out to take up this challenge. What would you do? Would you have grab it with no hesitation?
Any tips or information is really appreciated.