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Old 04-21-06, 03:19 PM
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Most of the tandem racing that I'm familiar with around here (Vancouver, Canada) is on the track with blind stokers. We've got a male/male and a female/female team that trains on the 200-meter Burnaby Veldrome in between competing in paralympic events in Europe. Talk about g-forces... We had to reinforce the planks with plywood sheets underneath so the tandems wouldn't crash through the 45-degree bankings at 60 kmh. The most spectacular crashes on the track are done by tandems. I think that's why they stopped doing tandem sprints other than at blind sports. I remember seeing the 1978 Commonwealth Games tandem sprints in Edmonton. There were four tandems entered, and three of them crashed because the track wasn't banked enough for the speed they were going...

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