Earle Baum Center Logo Donate Now

Font Size:

Smallest
Small
Medium
Large
Largest

Contrast:

 Black on White 
 White on Black 
 Yellow on Black 

Home Our Services About Us Financials Calendar Ways To Help Sign Up Career Opportunities
Facebook Logo and Link Twitter Logo and Link

Tandem Program Article by John Cushman

CURRENT EVENTS BULLETIN
CLASSES
SUPPORT GROUPS
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
RESOURCES
NEWSLETTER
CONTACT US
DIRECTIONS
GUIDELINES AND INFO
PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY

EBC Riders prepare for their Halloweeen ride

Riding with The Baum Squad
A Tandem Cycling Program for the Visually Impaired

SEE US ON THE BIKE TRAILS

You’re likely to see the Baum Squad training on the bicycle trails and popular backroads of Sonoma County. Some of us, however, will not see you.

The Baum Squad is the tandem cycling club organized through Sonoma County’s Earle Baum Center for the Visually Impaired that teams experienced cyclists with visually impaired athletes. The rides are partly to build stamina and train for endurance. Partly they are social activities that widen the horizons of people who have lost full or partial vision due to accident or disease.

OUR PROGRAM

A fleet of tandems is serviced and maintained at the bike shed on the grounds of the Earle Baum Center.

  • Pilots, who are experienced cyclists themselves, are trained to be aware of the special challenges faced by riders whose vision, and sometimes balance, have been impaired.

NorCal Bike Sport
  • Bicycles are kept in good repair by local bicycle shops. Our special thanks to NorCal Bicycle Sport and The Bike Peddler who help us keep our equipment in top shape for those with special needs.
  • High visibility clothing, and marker lights help identify riders to vehicles and other cyclists.

OUR SUPPORT

The Tandem Cycling Club is not inexpensive. It is supported by the trained volunteer pilots who provide the eyes of each tandem team, and by the outriders who take the lead and sag rider duties for the group. It is supported by local bicycle shops and equipment suppliers, Financial support comes from generosity of the Earle Baum Center, and the philanthropy of individuals and local community organizations that purchase and maintain equipment and clothing.

OUR GOOD SHEPHERDS

Our Pilots’ first duty is to watch over the safety of the Earle Baum athletes on the road and at the rest stops. Some people might call them “good shepherds.” In supporting the Baum Squad, it is a privilege available to anyone.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

STOKERS

  • People who are visually impaired that would like to became a STOKER may contact Denise Vancil Instructor and Group Leader who is our connection to the Earle Baum Center staff. vancil@earlebaum.org

PILOTS

  • People interested in learning the skills of becoming a PILOT, may contact Steven Cozza, former Pro Cyclist for Team Garmin. Steve trains our pilots and is overall coordinator for the pilots and routs for the “Baum Squad” tandem cycling program. scozza@cozzahomes.com

CONTRIBUTING STOKERS, PILOTS, MECHNANICS:

  • PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS who are able to help provide monetary support for this program for the visually impaired can become a:

Contributing Stoker ($1,000)
Contributing Pilot ($500)
Contributing Mechanic (Other Amount)

Contact either:

Denise Vancil, vancil@earlebaum.org
Steven Cozza, scozza@cozzahomes.com
Dr. John Cushman, jcushman@sonic.net