There are four types of Members/Volunteers at TandemEyes:
Leader (volunteer role): Each ride is guided by a Leader on a single bike at the front of the group. The leader is responsible for leading the group ride on the route specified. The Leader controls the pace to allow everyone to stay together. The Leader is responsible to initiate water breaks, check in with the group and be in touch with the Sweep to ensure everyone is feeling comfortable on the ride. The Leader is responsible to get the group back by the specified time and report back to the Leader of the Leaders should there have been any issues during the ride, bike mechanical issues that need attending or problems encountered along the specified route – i.e., road construction, trail washouts etc.
Sweep (volunteer role): Each ride is accompanied by a Sweep on a single bike who typically rides at the back of the group but also assists with road crossings, bike mechanical issues, check-ins and overall flow of the ride.
Captains (volunteer role): The Captain is an experienced, passionate rider who rides in front and guides the bike on the selected route. The Captain is responsible for all communication to their Stoker – i.e., upcoming turns, road conditions (bumps, railway crossings, slowing or a requirement for extra power to climb a hill). The Captain’s number one responsibility is to ensure their stoker is feeling comfortable with the ride from start to finish.
Stokers: The Stoker is an individual who is blind or partially sighted. Together you work as a team to power the bike.
The communication and trust between the Captain and Stoker are the most important part of successful tandem cycling.
Each spring we conduct a mandatory orientation/training session for all members so that everyone can get comfortable with the bikes and understand their respective roles. At this point, each Stoker will do a self-assessment on their ability to be part of the bike team. Please note, all Captains must have a valid driver's licence. Our Orientation Day is scheduled for the 2020 season has been postponed due to COVID-19, however we will reschedule as guided by government directives.
You may have cycled for many years prior to your vision loss or you may be looking for a brand new idea to get some exercise and meet new people. Either way, we would love to have you be part of this experience. It is a simple phone call or email for more information.
The membership fee for joining TandemEyes is $55.00 for 2020. This includes a membership with our partner, Peterborough Cycling Club, and covers the insurance for the cycling season.
New Captains and Stokers are always welcome. Please reach out to our team by using the Come Ride With Us button below.