MWABA Tandem Captain Training

6 people are standing in a semicircle at Eastern Market Metro plaza in front of the elevator. Qudsiya is in the middle and speaking to the group. Everyone is spaced out, the sky is blue, it looks like a lovely day, and there are at least two tandems in the photo. A woman on the right has her cane in her hand and is holding a helmet.

Due to storms forecast for March 31st, training has been postponed to April 8th.

Learn how to be a tandem captain with Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) and WABA! In preparation for the 2022 riding season, come learn how to captain a tandem for MWABA rides.

The regular season is 6:00PM every Thursday in daylight savings (April to October) and occasional weekends from the Eastern Market Metro in DC and the Bethesda Metro. We are blind/visually impaired stokers (back seat) and are looking for captains (front seat) to ride with us.  

Do I Need a Bike?  Most captains do not own a tandem and do not have tandem experience.  Rather, they are cycling or fitness enthusiasts who want a new challenge.

How Does it Work?  We provide the bikes and training for the new riders (both captains and stokers). Once you join the MWABA mailing list after training, you will receive an e-mail on Sundays asking who is interested in riding the following Thursday. If you respond that you’re interested, we will match you with a stoker and send you further details about the ride. You can ride as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows. Contact information from this form is only shared with MWABA organizers.

Want to Join as a Stoker? Experienced stokers can attend the captain training, and new stokers are invited to all other rides and/or we can set up separate stoker training rides. Let us know via the form or email MWABA’s organizer Karla Gilbride at karla.gilbride@gmail.com.