Welcome to the New Site

This has taken some time to get together, but we’ve finally done it!

The new exsight.org.au aims to pull together the old web-presence of the Illawarra and Armidale branches, and finally gives some space to our Acoustic Target shooters.

We’ve also provided some space for our Supporters and updated our Donation options via PayPal.

On top of that, we’ve got some cool stuff coming up in the real world, so keep in touch here and via Facebook for more.

The Mt Keira Challenge 2015

The second Mt Keira Challenge was run on Sunday 22nd November 2015, and of course Exsight was on the scene. Three (3) tandem teams from eXsight Tandems Illawarra participated in the ride to the summit, all mounted on Cannondale tandems.

Pilot Aldo Vella and Mechanic Geoff Hunter filed the following report
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MS Sydney to the Gong Ride 2015

The ride from Sydney to Wollongong in support of the MS Society was held on Sunday 1st November 2015.

eXsight Tandems Illawarra was well represented on the 2015 MS Sydney to the Gong Ride, with four (4) teams on Cannondale tandems and three (3) solo riders, participating in both the 90 km and 56 km rides. A total of $935 was raised by the eXsight TRN team as sponsorship for the MS Society.

Geoff Hunter has written the following report
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Terry Wall: Introduction to eXsight

Four tandems at the Illawarra Velodrome

I’ve always been one who looks for an adventure in life. In 2003 I went for a bicycle ride with my 17 year old son Joshua to Africa. We took our mountain bikes with panniers, tent, sleeping gear, cooking gear and rode from Johannesburg, through the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and all the way to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

We still had a long way to go on our journey to the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Once arriving in Nairobi we then ventured high up into the mountains to climb the 2nd tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kenya. The following week we made our way to Moshi in Tanzania and climbed the ultimate mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro. Now that was an incredible experience.
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A Brief History of Exsight Tandems

In April 2008 Geoff Stratton had an Apollo tandem, an old beach cruiser tandem and was put in contact with Peter Meers, who had some experience captaining a blind person on a tandem. This is the seed that would become Exsight, but how did this pair grow into a group of over sixty members in Wollongong, with branches in Sydney and Armidale? Geoff tells the story.

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About This Stoker (Part 2)

I’ve already outlined in a previous post my primary diagnosis of my blindness. As part of the classification process as a para-cyclist I’ve had to get an extensive history from my doctors. This has lead to me being reminded of some other things I didn’t mention last time, and my discovery of problems I didn’t know I had.

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About this Stoker

Some readers will know me already from posts on Media Access Australia, ABC Ramp Up and Twitter. Others of you who read this because you’ll see the post via Facebook or otherwise because we’ve been friends. Some readers won’t know me at all. I thought it was time to present a little about my vision impairment. For those who don’t know me, hopefully it will be informative. For those I’ve not had face-to-face time with recently, it’ll be a bit of an update

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The Intentional Stoker

How did I become a stoker? In contrast to Dave’s experience, unsurprisingly, my becoming a stoker was fairly intentional.

I’d tried some tandem cycling in my mid 20’s, and indeed got to buying my own tandem (a basic Apollo) in my mid to late 20s. My issue at the time (I was living in Armidale then too) was finding people to captain.

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