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Czech this guy out. Downhill racing when you have no vision, blind, takes major Nads!

The guy trailing behind him is his spotter, his eyes. Wild, eh?!!!
 

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NO WAY ! ?
Thats sick ! :eek:
 

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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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Shouldn't the blind guy be the one wearing the full face helmet?
 

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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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Aquaholic said:
Czech this guy out. Downhill racing when you have no vision, blind, 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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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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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.
 

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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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