A tandem cycle is one meant for more than one person to ride at the same time. Though the cycle can have more, the most common tandem cycle has two riders seated ‘in tandem’ or one behind the other.
Tandem cycling offers an exciting opportunity for inclusive sports and is popular internationally as a platform to include blind and visually-impaired sportspeople in the cycling experience. The Paralympics recognises tandem as cycling that requires a sighted pilot for a non-sighted stroker.
At Adventures Beyond Barriers, we are looking to capitalise on the platform that tandem cycling offers to promote greater camaraderie, cooperation, and conversation between persons with disability and able-bodied individuals interested in sport. Perhaps most exciting of all our tandem events is the annual expedition from Manali to Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world. The ride covers over five hundred kilometres and is a great opportunity for riders to push their limits, not just physically.