TBUG Townsville Tandems aims to give people with a disability the opportunity to enjoy all that cycling has to offer. We operate by pairing up people who have a disability (and are unable to ride safely by themselves) with competent cyclists, called Captains. Our club rides are relaxed, social rides on cycle paths around Townsville, normally for two hours on a Monday afternoon. The training rides are normally at 6.00am on Saturday morning we participate in a bunch ride with solo cyclists travelling between 25 / 30 km/h for two hours and we always finish off in a coffee shop. We can also provide pathways for cyclists interested in competitive tandem riding with support for training and developing the sport in Townsville with the local cycling clubs. TBUG Townsville Tandems currently uses 4 tandem bikes; two Pegasus Brumby’s on loan from Sporting Wheelies, one Polygon Impression (click links to see photos) and one Apollo tandem. If you have further questions about how TBUG Townsville Tandems works, have a read through our Frequently Asked Questions.
Townsville Bicycle Users Group started supporting Townsville Tandems as a subgroup in 2017 with Paul Wood coordinating rides.
Tandem cycling requires a team of 2 people:
- The Captain – a fully-able rider who sits on the front of the bike and operates the steering, brakes and gears, as well as providing half the teams pedal power
- The Stoker – the other rider who sits on the back seat of the bike and provides the other half of the team’s power. This position is suitable for people who are blind, vision-impaired, or who have another disability which prevents them from being able to ride a bike safely by themselves
We have participated in the Banish the Black Dog charity ride for the last four years and are planning to be involved again in 2019. If you are interested in competitive tandem cycling we can organise support with captains and pathways to get involved through Townsville Cycle Club. If you are interested in joining us as either a Captain or a Stoker, then we’d love to hear from you! You can leave your details on our Get Involved page, or you can contact us directly. To keep up-to-date with what’s been happening at TBUG Townsville Tandems, check out our Latest News. If you would like to be involved to be covered by insurance you can become a member of TBUG.