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What do you call a blind mtb rider?

Old 05-05-05, 08:14 PM
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What do you call a blind mtb rider?

Um, a blind mtb rider.

https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=98635
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Old 05-05-05, 08:17 PM
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Excellent
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Old 05-05-05, 08:19 PM
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CARAZY! I definitely wouldnt have the balls to do that.
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no way id ever do that!! that guy must really love mountain biking if hes doing it while blind!
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Old 05-05-05, 10:47 PM
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that is true devotion to the sport. and the spotter must be really good, has he CANNOT risk crashing.
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Old 05-05-05, 11:11 PM
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My wife used to cycle when she was a kid. followed her sister around all over.
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Old 05-05-05, 11:18 PM
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man, that guy has balls.

I'm scared to ride sometimes, and I can see what I'm getting into. He must trust his spotter alot...
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Old 05-05-05, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by forum*rider
. He must trust his spotter alot...
Better believe it
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respect!!!
but without being sarcastic ,why is the blind guy wearing goggles?
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Old 05-05-05, 11:56 PM
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...stuff in the eye still hurts...and he can't duck to avoid it...
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That's pretty impressive. Lot of trust between rider and the spotter too.

It is possible that he is blind and can still see some of the trail and the spotter offers extra detail. I have a good friend who is legally blind (albanism) but can still see, read with some difficulty and strong glasses. He used to ride everywhere just like all my friend did when we were growing up, day or night. He just learned to listen a little better and knew every piece of the routes he road.

Regardless, what he is doing (riding blind) is impressive no matter what his situation is.
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Old 05-06-05, 12:26 AM
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Good point skunk...without my glasses I 'could' ride...but would need buttloads of help.
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Old 05-06-05, 12:40 AM
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Youd think of all people riding DH, he'd have a full face helmet.
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Why? It's not like putting an eye out would matter to him.

(relax people it's a joke blind people tell them too)
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Why? It's not like putting an eye out would matter to him.

(relax people it's a joke blind people tell them too)
If any blind people read that, they'll be offended. Kind of like Kevin & Bean of KROQ making fun of their deaf listeners.
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Old 05-06-05, 06:05 AM
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Very impressive. If you check out lower in the thread they state that the front rider is actually the spotter. The second rider, the one with the full face helmet, is the blind rider. That makes a lot more sense, I was wondering why the spotter would be behind the blind guy.

Originally Posted by Aquaholic (from mtbr)
Whoops! Actually, the spotter is the rider in front. This is for real. It was a DH race last weekend up in Oregon.
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I would not say it takes balls. Being able to see what could happen to you is usually what causes riders to not go for it and even crash at times trying to avoid something. He probably can feel what the bike and terrain are doing better then those of us that can see and there is less fear 'cause he cant see what could happen to him if he crashes. My problem with it would be my lack of trust in the spotter, now that takes some balls .

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I wonder why the "blind" rider is, er, looking back? I would call a real blind mountain biker and organ doner.
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Inspirational stuff!

I used to live in Colorado and skied at Winter Park a lot. Winter Park is the home to the US Disabled Ski team and you see a lot of blind skiers with their guides. They both wear a vest that says "BLIND SKIER." Some of these guys are amazing skiers.

My wife and I were riding up the lift when we saw a blind skier and his guide descending under us. "Check it out," I said, "a blind skier!" We watched for a bit as they passed, skiing beautifully and in perfect unison. After a few seconds, my wife looked at me and asked "Which one was blind?" I said "I have no idea."

That's how good some of these disabled athletes are. Blind mountain biking is insane! I crash hard quite often and I can see fine. Much respect!
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Originally Posted by skydive69
I wonder why the "blind" rider is, er, looking back? I would call a real blind mountain biker and organ doner.
Actually the blind rider is the second rider.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Actually the blind rider is the second rider.
Yeah at first I thought it was a little odd that the blind guy wasn't wearing a full facebut as I read down at that forum I found out it was the second guy who was actually blind.
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He would be fast i reckon. I know a guy who rides faster when he doesnt have his glasses on because he cant see any rocks. Imagine if you couldnt even see the track!
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Originally Posted by hebrew_rider
that is true devotion to the sport. and the spotter must be really good, has he CANNOT risk crashing.
Ditto.
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Why do you all keep putting the word "blind" in red? It's not like blind is a bad word or anything, and I'd think it would be pretty annoying if he were reading this. A rider is a rider, blind or not. I do however, think it is great that he still enjoys biking. I just dont see why you are all segregating him from other riders. It's not like we call people the WHITE rider or the CANADIAN rider.
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Old 05-27-05, 09:07 PM
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Nevermind that last post. I still believe it to be true but I hadn't realized that the link was through the search feature highlighting every usage of the word "blind" in red.
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