Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kent, WA
Bikes: 2005 S-Works SR Equipped,1978 Tom Ritchie Road bike, Kuwahara Tandem
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My son is autistic and I do understand about stoker issues. Although he is high functioning, he does have his issues and can be frustating at times. We just completed the Seattle To Portand ride [STP] just last week in a day. We did spend some time training but our last century ride was terrible. He had a sore butt, aching legs, and just a royal pain in the ***. Our average speed [on any ride] is about 16 but on that day we only averaged 15. I was wondering if we could do the STP in two days let alone one [that I was planing on]. Well, the day of the ride was magical since we finished the first part in 5 hours and 20 mins [averaged over 18 mph]. The second half was a little slower but we finished the entire ride in 12.5 hours. It was a real challenge for us when we broke some spokes at the last 30 miles of the ride. My son was very upset and thought we would not finish. My son has issues with sudden changes and I had to calm him down and explained that we would finish [if the second wheel held up]. Although he had pain it was not nearly as bad as the last Century a few weeks before.
I also remember we went riding with other Tandems in the area [Evergreen Tandem Club] and one team fell over at a stop light. When the light turned green they were still on the ground but my son was telling me to go since the light was going to turn red. Kinda funny for me since I know him but he came across kind of rude. Either way he may not be the best stoker for everyone but he is for me.