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Old 10-12-13, 07:35 AM
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Tandems in Senior Games

Well the cycling events for the Huntsman Senior Games here in St George this year have concluded, it's great to a place for the 50 and over folks that have a competitive streak and set goals to accomplish. I had never really thought about it for myself (denial I guess) but now I'm considering it for next year pretty strongly.

I asked about tandem competition and they said noooooo. Not provided for because they follow the rules of the USA Cycling organization and there are no provisions in that oeganization for racing a tandem... at any level.

Has anyone else experienced this frustration?

What thoughts do you have regarding this?

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We are in a similar boat. My wife is disabled and received a UCI rating. But the only disabled tandem classes are for the blind. Racing in her class is just asking for a crash.

We would be at a disadvantage to a blind team but cannot race against them.

Currently I think there is one event that she could race in per year here and that would be a time trial.

But work on this as we are not 50 yet so maybe you can change some minds by the time we get there ;-)

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Old 10-12-13, 10:32 AM
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[QUOTE=Team Fab;16155040]We are in a similar boat. My wife is disabled and received a UCI rating. But the only disabled tandem classes are for the blind. Racing in her class is just asking for a crash.

We would be at a disadvantage to a blind team but cannot race against them.

Currently I think there is one event that she could race in per year here and that would be a time trial.

But work on this as we are not 50 yet so maybe you can change some minds by the time we get there ;-)
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About a dozen years ago we were approached about a 'possible' tandem category in the local Senior Olympics (Tucson, AZ) but strictly as a 'demonstration' only. Never got any further than that.
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Would the Senior Games "program" be susceptible to a petition from tandem team (both over the age of 50)?

I see the Senior Games events all over the country.

Are there enough of us interested to pursue this?

What reasons could there not to allow it?

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I think it is a great idea. There are so many of us "older folks" that may not be able to ride a single bike for any number of reasons, but would love to participate in a cycling event in the Games. A tandem category would give them an opportunity to do so.
You get my vote. Let me know what I can do to help.
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Old 10-13-13, 08:02 AM
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I just sent this off to the National Senior Games Association:

Hi, I've been a cycling enthusiast all my life and would like to find out how to petition your organization to create a class for tandems to compete in. I recently inquired regarding the Huntsman Senior Games here in St George Ut and was told that because the USA Cycling organization rules that tandems were not permitted. However, there is a specific mention, Chapter 1, page 29, stating the specs that have to be met in order for a tandem to compete. What was the real reason I was to "no"? What reason would you not want to have tandems compete? There are hundreds of tandem teams waiting for a response regarding this.

http://www.nsga.com

Their contact info is nsga@nsga.com,
(225) 766-6800 xt 5105, PO Box 82059 Baton Rouge, LA 70884.
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Originally Posted by gsms View Post
I asked about tandem competition and they said noooooo. Not provided for because they follow the rules of the USA Cycling organization and there are no provisions in that oeganization for racing a tandem... at any level.
I'm confused.

Masters Natz in Bend had both tandem RR and TT events and is held under USA Cycling rules.

What up?
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I intend to find out what's up. I'm wondering if it the response was from a Utah individual (which could explain a lot) or what. Tandems here in St George ( they are strangely absent here, especially considering the popularity of sport cycling and also the demographics) are viewed as something strange and "cute". It would be a good place to have a tandem event in the winter time just to help get the recognition.

Anyways... just waiting for an answer from National Senior Games Association. Any help/directions/contacts to get this happening here would be appreciated. I've always been just a rider, never have picked up the torch for a cause.

btw: I went back through my emails and found an even earlier inquiry I had made in July:

Jan Bunker <hwsg@seniorgames.net> July 22
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Scott,
It is good to know that you are hard at work riding.. Our event is part of a US Cycling event. They do not allow tandem bikes.

Sorry about that..

Merrill

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Originally Posted by diabloridr View Post
I'm confused.

Masters Natz in Bend had both tandem RR and TT events and is held under USA Cycling rules.

What up?
Exactly. We've done both at Masters Nats. They don't know what they're talking about.
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Our state time trial championships have tandem divisions by age category which we have done a couple of times. Also, there are NorCal district time trial races that have tandem categories which we have also done. And there is the track. Here is a paralympic time trial at Carson, CA.

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Unfortunately, track only allows blind teams.
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