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Volunteer Gives Other Blind People Wheels

Two wheels and four legs can be a powerful combination for both body and mind. This week's 7Everyday Hero, Theresa Montano, uses the combo to help others experience the great outdoors.

Montano is president of a tandem cycling group called Eyecycle Colorado. The nonprofit is designed to give visually impaired and blind people the chance to enjoy Colorado's great outdoors on a bicycle.

The person on the rear of a tandem bicycle is called the "stoker." The rider in the front is the "captain" or "pilot."

"We have volunteer sighted captains that we match with blind and visually impaired stokers, and we enjoy the cycling experience together," said Montano.

Montano has been blind herself since age 22, but it hardly slows her down. She loves Eyecycle's regular weekend rides.

"It gets me, personally, out in the sun and get enjoying some exercise and camaraderie," said Montano.

"We have had a couple new bikes donated, and she has helped us get those," said Ray Giles, a volunteer with Eyecycle.

Randie Polidori founded Eyecycle Colorado years ago.

"I like the camaraderie, the riding, and the people and there is nothing I do not like about it," said Polidori.

For the last four years Montano has given her time to run the group. She makes sure fellow volunteers meet every other week, May through October, for a 20- to 40-mile bike ride.

Eyecycle Colorado is always looking for more riders. To learn more about volunteering go to www.EyeCycleColorado.org.

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