There’s been a bit of controversy on the forum about BMX’ers being more dedicated to their sport than most. Blind and deaf 42 year old Alan Sloman is the first, of presumably not many, blind people to prove that the unbelievably tough, and often questionably sane, choose BMX’ing .
Alan, who lost his sight to the genetic disease Usher syndrome when he was 18, had to give up training for a Lands End to John O Groats charity tandem ride after breaking his shoulder on a BMX. Details are sketchy but our money says he was rehearsing a flatland routine rather than a no-handed back-flip, but you never know.
Alan on the right with his tandem partner Owen Pattison
While the idea of a blind person riding BMX might seem, well, frankly ridiculous Alan’s Land’s End to John O Groats tandem ride is very real. Him and his training partner Owen are leaving on November 5th and plan to make the trip in seven days. There’s more information on the Sense website.