Talking Tandems, a Fife charity set up to help visually impaired cyclists enjoy bike riding, will have the experience of trying out the state-of-the-art Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome cycling track at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena this weekend.
Cycling development officers from Fife Council and Glasgow Life worked together to create the exciting opportunity as part of a range of projects aimed at making cycling more accessible for visually impaired and disabled people.
Members of the group will take to the track on Sunday to try out some tandem track cycling at the £113 million facility. They will assist with important training so that more cycling coaches are able to adapt their own sessions for visually impaired people.
Councillor Mark Hood, executive committee member, said: “It’s great news that Talking Tandems is the first group to have a go at tandem track cycling at the Velodrome. Fife Council works closely with the group to develop opportunities for cycling for the visually impaired and this complements a range of other inclusive cycling work happening locally such as the launch of Disability Sport Fife’s weekly bike night, new adaptive bikes available at Lochore Meadows and FABBS blazing saddles inclusive cycling project.
“I hope both the cyclists and coaches taking part have a wonderful day. It would be fantastic if the event contributes to Scotland having more cycling coaches that are confident in adapting their sessions for visually impaired and disabled cyclists.”
Jan Brereton, club secretary of Talking Tandems added: “This has proved to be a very popular event amongst all our members and we are very grateful to Active Fife and Glasgow Life for making this happen. The sensation of speed is often highlighted by our stokers (back cyclists) as what they like best about tandem cycling and I’m sure during this event the competitive streak will come out of all of them while coaches will learn how to include blind and partially sighted people into their club development programmes!”
Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of Glasgow Life and executive member for the Commonwealth Games, added: “Since the Emirates Arena opened to the public last October thousands of people from across Glasgow and Scotland have taken the opportunity to try out track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Talking Tandems, which will become the first visually impaired group to use the velodrome’s world-class facilities, this Sunday.”