Die BlindCycle Tour (2005/06)
Zwei Tandems und vier wechselnde Piloten. 27 blinde und sehbehinderte Copiloten, davon sechs Inder. Das war die BlindCycle Tour, die unter der Schirmherrschaft der Christoffel Blindenmission von Juli 2005 bis März 2006 stattfand. Von Bremen über den Bosporus ging es durch Iran, Indien, Thailand und Malaysia nach Singapur.
Wie bei allen hier vorgestellten Touren:
BlindCycle Tour (2005/06)
Eight months in eleven non-stop stages from Germany to Singapore. 11.500 km with totally four sighted pilots and 21 blind or visually impaired copilots. A state-of-the-art tandem adventure with inclusive character.
Patron: Christian Blind Mission
After having done the limit-braking Beijing trip and the participative Join-Me-Tour I constructed the concept of this tour: I wanted to use the tandem bike again, I wanted to do something less eco impacting again, which means: no flying. And I wanted to put something on the top. As I haven´t done any social service so far and as I haven´t any disabled relative, so I came up with the idea of taking blind copilots with me.
The BlindCycle Tour became exceptional well working project as all the 16 German/Austrian blind participants showed up (latestly by – yes – airplane, but the early concept which quickly appeared to be unrealistic was to go with Hungarian blind through Hungaria etc.). We made the relay well and had a fantastic PR back-office though the Christian Blind Mission producing some 2.2 mio issues of international and German articles in redaction context explaining about the topic and the (really good) work of the CBM, i.e. their local partner projects (see 20 Dollar Cataract-OPs in India etc.)
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