Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People (MSSC) has been organising tandem cycle rides for over thirty years from its base in Colliers Wood.  The club has a fleet of tandem bicycles and pairs up sighted front riders with visually impaired back riders for regular outings.  The rides are short and long to various destinations, and always include a stop at a café or a pub.  Whether it be along quiet country lanes or following the Wandle trail, the atmosphere is convivial and enjoyed by all.  It's a great way to have fun and keep fit.  New members are always welcome, regardless of ability or experience.
 
MSSC runs regular ‘Have a Go” workshops for anyone who is keen to learn how to ride a tandem, either as a back rider (stoker) or a front rider (pilot). Stokers can try riding a tandem with an experienced cyclist and practise their pedalling technique, while pilots can learn the basics of handling a tandem and how to interact and communicate with visually impaired stokers.
 
Following the training, the short rides held every third Saturday of the month are ideal to start with. No more than 25 miles, and following quiet routes as much as possible, these rides are very social and relaxed. On the first Sunday of the month, we pedal off on the longer ride, venturing further afield, covering around 40 or so miles, equally rewarding but a little harder work.  During the spring and summer, we have a weekly evening ride and also run cycling weekends with an overnight stay.
 
MSSC's next tandem training/confidence building workshop will be held on Saturday, 25th January 2020.  The session is open to anyone keen to learn how to ride the front of a tandem and those who have already tried, but would like to develop their skills and confidence further. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
Meet at the rear of the Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX
(about 10 minutes' walk from Colliers Wood Underground Station)
Contact email: [email protected]   
Telephone: 07500 913 223
They need an idea of numbers, so please let them know if you plan to attend and if you would like sighted support from Colliers Wood Underground Station or a nearby bus stop.
 
If you would like to give tandem riding a go, but cannot make the workshop on 25th January, please get in touch with MSSC and they can arrange an alternative training session.
 
For more information about MSSC and all its activities, visit the website at www.mssc.org.uk.