A running club for the deaf and blind is taking the next step to the ultimate doubles cycling challenge.
Founder Mok Kim-wing, a blind athlete, sees perfect synergy — the blind teammate providing pedal power from the back seat, the deaf partner steering the bicylce.
Mok can’t wait to test his idea in a proper cycling marathon to mark the club’s fifth anniversary next year.
Mok sensed an idea coming on when he founded the group in 2011 but did not quite know what it was.
Nontheless, Fearless Dragon has grown as a running club with its own sports competition but it’s only now that Mok is making a competitive team of a blind and a deaf athlete thrown together in a cycling race.
Roger Yim, the Fearless Dragon captain who is deaf, said he is nervous about entering the competition despite being an avid cyclist.
Yim said his experience working with Mok in long-distance races in the past will be a big boost.
Mok said he can sense the speed of a bicycle by listening to the sound of the gears.
“It’s important that I don’t outpace my partner, so we have to stay in sync,” he said.
Tang Bing-yip, blind since birth, said he gave up bicycles because he had trouble balancing on two wheels.
But he said he is inspired by the new project. Recently, Tang was asked by a female deaf athlete to ride with her.
The Fearless Dragon team will be compete in the Vita Green Cycling for Health Marathon Challenge to be held on Jan. 24.
It will aim to complete the 1,200-meter race in five minutes.
Next up for Mok and his friends is a round-the-island cycling event in Taiwan in the coming year.
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