Much of the USA Cycling fanfare falls on the elite men and women cyclists.
The speeds they reach are stunning.
But there's also another classification of cyclists that are impressive in their own right.
The tandem teams build up their rate of speed coming down the hill in front of the Volkswagen plant.That's one advantage in this 19 mile time trial. The person in front is called the pilot, the one in the back, the stoker.
And there's something unique about each and every one of these stokers in today's competition.
"Well the closest thing I can say is it's like a rollercoaster ride, you have no idea what's coming up next," blind stoker Tim Jones told us.
We met Jones and his pilot Greg Miller after their time trial. He's 18 years old and clocked in as the fastest in that age group.
In this type of tandem racing, it takes true teamwork. Jones explained, "I mean all it takes is trust in your pilot, it's really the key. If you two can trust each other and are bonded really well, it's just like a dance, you know you just go."
Pilot Miller agreed, "I have to remind myself to tell him we're coming up on a sharp hill, a short hill, the long hill, we're coming up on the turn-around. This course has actually got quite a few features to it that he needs to know about as we approach them."
Greg and Tim have ridden together for three years.The Harpeth club out of Nashville started interacting with visually impaired riders.
They joined forces with the Tennessee School For the Blind.That's how Tim came into the sport. "It's been life changing I think. Better than sitting around at home like most sighted people would do and playing video games, just get out and enjoy nature."
Blind racing has had a profound impact on Miller as well. "People ask me all the time, 'Why do you do it?' I say mainly it's a lot of fun. I've been racing for three decades. And I had actually reached a point as an elite cyclist where it really, honestly, wasn't that fun anymore. I was just about to give up when I got involved in blind cycling in 2008."
And after finishing this 19 mile time trial, Tim feels like most cyclists do. "Like I want a nap and a shower."
Both of which, he has earned.
by John Madewell