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    Blind Downhill Racer

    Czech this guy out. Downhill racing when you have no vision, [SIZE=5]blind[/SIZE], takes major Nads!

    The guy trailing behind him is his spotter, his eyes. Wild, eh?!!!
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    That takes some trust!

    Wonder what happens if the spotter crashes?

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    Wow!!!! very impressive! I'd be to chicken!!

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    you could do that

    or the safer bet is on the back of a tandem.

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    NO WAY ! ?
    Thats sick !
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    Wow, I hope his spotter doesnt mess up. "Right right!! NO YOUR OTHER RIGHT!"

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    from what I could see...

    the blind guy even caught better air off the jump while the spotter looked a bit front-end heavy. I wonder if he had vision when he learned to ride or if he had to pick up the sport blind from the get-go.

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    That guy has Passion...with a capital P!!


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    Shouldn't the blind guy be the one wearing the full face helmet?
    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    I think I have to call BS on that one

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    Not quite the same, but I used to guide (or "spot" I guess) blind cross country skiers. Most of the time you ski along side them and call out stuff--branch, dip, turn, tracks washed out, etc. But going down or up hill was an experience, especially down hill. Some skiers were really into it and could loosen up enough to go with it. Others completely (understandably) freaked out, and occasionally would have to walk down the hill. But the first thing both guide and skier learn is the SIT! command. Basically, if the skier gets in trouble, the guide falls down, whatever, the guide yells SIT! and the skier immediately sits and falls gracefully to the side to stop.

    Anyway, I imagine some of the techniques used by blind skiers (also programs for downhill skiing, I just was always an xcountry skier) could be used biking. You learn to read the trail by feel and what to do when the spotter says certain things. I would suspect one reason the spotter is wearing full face is he has a microphone to talk to the blind rider.

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    It might seem doubtful but ...

    I used to guide visually impaired and blind cross country skiers. In races the biggest problem that a lot of the skiers had was that their guides couldn't keep up.

    A while ago I stumbled onto a website for an outfit called Team Bat. They were blind XC MTB riders who used echo location techniques to get around. You would be amazed at what some low vision and not vision athletes can do.

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    I've snowboarded, skiied and surfed with blind people so I wouldn't be so quick to doubt. It takes a lot of guts to do these kinds of things when you can't see, but if you're blind, that's the way your world is.
    I've got a lot of admiration for these folks and I hope the thrill they get from their efforts leaves a lasting memory, a good reason to get out of bed every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    Czech this guy out. Downhill racing when you have no vision, [SIZE=5]blind[/SIZE], takes major Nads!

    The guy trailing behind him is his spotter, his eyes. Wild, eh?!!!
    Nice looking jump,,anyone know where its at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPATCRASH
    Shouldn't the blind guy be the one wearing the full face helmet?
    Yeh I was wondering the same thing. As said though the spotter might have a mic in his FF helmet and also it might degrade the blind riders hearing - which is very important when you can't see.

    [quoteA while ago I stumbled onto a website for an outfit called Team Bat. They were blind XC MTB riders who used echo location techniques to get around. You would be amazed at what some low vision and not vision athletes can do[/quote]
    I saw a program on this, but the guys weren't doing anything aggressive but still they were riding through woods and such without any help. Humans only in general use about 10-15% of their brain as far as I remember reading, so don't see why this couldn't be done.

    I'd imagine the guy could see when he learnt to ride, but had a accident or some degenerative desease which made him blind.

    The spotter didn't get as much air or take the jump as radical, but I'd asume that's cause he has to be watching where the blind rider is going and not having to worry about his landings.
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    WOW! i wish i had those nerves

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    Just a thought BUT.... I notice that the guy in front (and who everyone has assumed is the blind rider) is looking back after he takes the jump - maybe HE's the spotter and the guy behind w/ the FF helmet is the blind guy :S
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    Whoops! Actually, the spotter is the rider in front. This is for real. It was a DH race last weekend up in Oregon.
    What the EFF is "All MOUNTAIN"???

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    Remember that "blind" means a lot of things... and it can be anything from total blindness to visually impaired. That guy was not totally blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruckus26
    Nice looking jump,,anyone know where its at?
    yeah where is that???
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    blind guy at Sea Otter

    There was a blind guy who raced the DH course at Sea Otter this year with a spotter. I have no idea if it was the same guy. I saw him ride down an hour or so after my race.
    Stop being so pissed and save your energy for the ride

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    Blind racer at Sea Otter

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    There was a blind guy who raced the DH course at Sea Otter this year with a spotter. I have no idea if it was the same guy. I saw him ride down an hour or so after my race.
    I think he might have been racing Sport 30-34, because I was there at the race start waiting for my race, when two guys take off out of the gate at the same time. The one in front is calling to the other, describing the terrain in one or two syllable bursts, and the follower is saying, "Go! Go! Go!..."
    "What's going on?" I ask. "He's blind. He can only see shadows..." and then there was a wild cheer from the crowd as the word is passed back to us that he went off the ladder drop.
    Wow.
    How cool is that??

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    Yeah that's crap, why would the guy need to crane his neck to see, when he could be much more comfortable looking strait down. There's no way it could be done on a downhill course. How would the spotter tell him where all the roots, rocks and smaller trail elements are?

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    Maybe the guy has slight vision because the spotter is wearing a bright neon vest.

    It doesnt matter to me anyway, I would love to shake that guys hand!!!!!
    i want to post more but i can't stop riding!

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    sorta like rally racing...
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