In Para events, visually impaired people compete on a tandem, with a sighted pilot. We are a separate category, competing at the same events as other individuals with disabilities.
Traveling as a tandem team is no small amount of coordination, but the race venue could not have been easier to deal with. The hotel was basically on the start of the course. There was a Whole Foods across the street plus lots of restaurants. It made everything so easy.
We did a Time Trial on Saturday, and a Road Race on Sunday. The course for the RR was an extended version of the TT course. It was technical, and while we struggled with it, we felt like we made significant improvements every lap we did.
The weather was awesome; for contrast, here's a pic of Kim and I riding in shorts and jerseys:
And here's what Jason and the kids were doing while I was away:
Kim and I gained a ton of valuable experience, which was our goal for the weekend. Here's us hanging out with some other tandem teams and individual para athletes, some of which are olympians. It was also cool to see our Chicago friends Joe Berenyi and Greta Neimanas compete after their London Olympics experience.
L-R Me, Kim, Greta Neimanas (Chicagoan/Olympian) Clark Rachfal (Olympian) Kara Vatthauer, Mackenzie Woodring(Kara's Pilot), Mackenzie's partner, Dave Swanson (Clark's Pilot), Alison Jones (multiple Olympian in both Downhill Skiing and Cycling) and a friend.