Two’s Company is in a sense Life Cycle’s flagship project. We started it on a wing and a prayer back in 2006, and we really didn’t know if it would take off or not. Eight years later it is going strong and supports adults and children who are blind or visually impaired to experience cycling on the back of a tandem. We run 25 rides a year giving people who often find it very hard to exercise or get out into the open, a really enjoyable day out cycling. The project is one way that Life Cycle achieves its mission of transforming lives through cycling. Steve Ewens' story is a fine example of how a simple ride on a tandem can change a life forever:
Steve first came along to one of Life Cycle’s tandem taster sessions about 3 years ago. He’d heard about us from Action for Blind People and thought that it might be something he’d enjoy. The taster day was a real turning point for Steve who had become very isolated after losing his sight in 2005: “I didn’t’ deal with it well, and it took me a long time to accept the situation”.
Steve absolutely loved the experience of being on a tandem – being out in the open air, being able to exercise and meeting likeminded people. For him it was the first time he’d really mixed with other visually impaired people, which proved to be really important in helping him come to terms with his blindness: “I realised there were other people out there with the same issues and worries – and also solutions. I started to focus not so much on what I couldn’t do, but on what I could do to improve my life”.
Following the taster day, there was no stopping Steve and he quickly signed up to take part in as many rides as he could. Then, last Christmas his brother challenged him to do Lands End to John O’Groats on the back of a tandem - and somehow Steve couldn’t resist! Over the last 5 months Steve has been training hard and fundraising hard for Two’s Company. As well as getting support from many friends and family, Steve beat off fierce competition to be nominated by Persimmon Homes for their community champion award, which included a generous donation of £680.
Steve and his brother set out on a tandem from Lands End on 23rd of May and should reach John O’Groats on 3rd June. You can read more about Steve’s wonderful story and how his involvement with Life Cycle has literally transformed his life.
P.S. It’s not too late to donate to Steve's Justgiving page!