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Blind Paracyclist USA Cycling Championships

Blind Paracyclist USA Cycling Championships


TOMORROW WITH TIME TRIALS IN OAK RIDGE AT MELTON LAKE… THE RACE INCLUDES MEN, WOMEN, AND PARA CYCLERS… BO IT MARKS THE FIRST YEAR PARA- CYCLING WILL BE HELD IN EAST TENNESSEE… PARALYMPIC CYCLING IS BROKEN INTO TWO IMPAIRMENT GROUPS, PHYSICAL AND VISUAL. RIDERS ARE THEN GIVEN CLASSIFICATIONS BASED ON THE TYPE OF BIKE THEY’RE RIDING AND THEIR IMPAIRMENT. KRISTIN FOR MANY PARA- CYCLISTS, WHETHER THEY RIDE COMPETITIVELY OR JUST FOR FUN… GETTING ON A BIKE TAKES A TEAM. AND IN THE CASE OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED OR BLIND RIDERS… THAT TEAM OFFERS FREEDOM. BO NEW TONIGHT.. AS PART OF OUR EXTRA MILE COVERAGE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.. W-A-T-E 6 ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER MADISEN KEAVY MEETS A CYCLIST WHO ISN’T LETTING DISABILITY KEEP THEM “OUT OF THE SADDLE.” 3:49 “1,2,3! OKAY THERE WE GO” SOUND MADISEN: YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT ON TAKEOFF — SOUND: 6:42 “PEDAL, PEDAL!” MADISEN: . OR EVEN GUESS BY THE LANDING… SOUND 5:12 ” WE’RE GONNA COUNTDOWN TO THREE. 1,2,3″ MADISEN: ONE OF THESE RIDERS IS BLIND… THE OTHER, LEADS THE WAY… MADISEN: TOGETHER, THEY’RE A TEAM… THE STOKER A BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED RIDER, RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE HORSEPOWER… SOUND: 3:44 “WHEN WE GET GOING JACOBY, I WANT SOME “UMPH” ON THE PEDALS, OKAY?” MADISEN: THE PILOT A SIGHTED RIDER — FOCUSED ON NAVIGATING AND CHANGING GEARS. SOUND: 15:45 “I’M GONNA COAST, JACOBY. I AM GOING TO SHIFT US DOWN…” MADISEN: JACOBY YARBRO IS BLIND AND MAKES TANDEM CYCLING LOOK EASY. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES, THEN DEVELOPED GLAUCOMA… LOSING HIS SIGHT. HE REMEMBERS WHAT IS WAS LIKE TO RIDE BEFORE, AS A KID AND THROUGH A JOB WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. 6:17 “THE PHRASE, IT’S LIKE RIDING A BIKE, IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU. YOU JUST HAVE TO BE MORE REMINISCENT OF WHO’S WITH YOU.” MADISEN: THAT EXPERIENCE COMING BACK NOW, WHEN HE’S RIDING. JACOBY YARBRO 2:34 “AFTER LOSING MY SIGHT, IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE…” MADISEN: HE GOT BACK ON A BIKE FOR THE FIRST SINCE LOSING HIS SIGHT IN 20-16… AFTER LEARNING ABOUT TANDEM CYCLING. MADISEN: IT GIVES JACOBY, AND ATHLETES WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS OR BLINDNESS… THE FREEDOM TO RIDE AGAIN. JACBOY: 1:14 “TANDEM BIKING JUST OPENS UP THE WORLD FOR SOMEONE WHO IS VISUALLY IMPAIRED, BC YOU DON’T GET TO DO THE THINGS THAT SOMEONE IS SIGHTED GETS TO DO. HAVING A VOLUNTEER PILOT TO HELP YOU… IT’S THE WORLD.” MADISEN: IT’S ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF JOHN, THE PILOT… JOHN : 8:48 “JUST GIVING BACK TO THESE PEOPLE.” JOHN SWITOW KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT FREEDOMS, LIKE CYCLING CAN BE… HIS SON, BLAKE, WAS 14 WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A DEADLY GENETIC BRAIN DISORDER… HE LOST HIS SIGHT. JOHN: 9:51 “HE LOVED TO RIDE BIKES. HE RODE BIKES AND MOUNTAIN BIKES. HE WAS REALLY HAPPY TO GET ON A BIKE.” MADISEN: AFTER HIS SON’S DEATH, JOHN RIDES WITH A PURPOSE… SOUND: 11:34 MADISEN: “YOU’RE GIVING ME A RUN FOR MY MONEY” JACOBY: “EXACTLY, EXACTLY, GOTTA MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE.” MADISEN: CYCLISTS LIKE YARBRO… RIDE WITH A SMILE.. JACOBY: 7:45 THERE’S SO MANY THINGS OUT THERE TO TRY AND TO TAKE PART OF THAT CAN GIVE YOU BACK THAT FREEDOM. THAT INDEPENDENCE, THAT HAPPINESS THAT YOU THINK YOU LOSE WHEN YOU DO DEVELOP THAT OCCURRENCE IN LIFE.” MADISEN: REPORTING IN KNOXVILLE MADISEN KEAVY… WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE. KRISTIN THANKS, MADISEN.. NEW AT 4 – WE ARE CONTINUING OUR

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