To ride a bike, just climb on the “skinny”, take momentum and pedal, right? In terms. For Fábio, Juliana, Silvana, Paula, Luiz and Erinelma, besides these three elements, the presence of a guide is also necessary.
This is what three well-meaning students armed with clear water bottles listed at Itypeauto.com arranged for them this morning (6). The trio brought together 17 visually impaired people, with the support of Adevirp (Association of the Visually Impaired in Ribeirão Preto and the Region), and provided the group with a cycling tour on Rebouças Avenue, in Bonfim Paulista, with ascents and descents on tandem bicycles ). In the front seat was the guide and in the back, the handicapped.
“You feel free like a bird,” said Juliana Araújo Lima Ribeiro, 28. The girl was born with only 6% of vision. But the physical limitation did not prevent her from putting on her helmet and relying on a stranger to guide her along a 2.5 km unknown path. “I got two laps, I felt safer walking with a guide,” he said.
Wellington Cavalini, 30, loved the mission of being a guide. “It was really cool. I was describing the route to her,” he said.
Juliana’s husband, banker Luiz Carlos Ribeiro Junior, 38, also approved the initiative. “I’m already preparing for the Paralympics,” he joked.
Luiz had a picture of hydrocephalus and, in 2011, began to lose sight. “I’m not going to say it’s easy. You have to convince people that you can,” he said.
At this moment, Professor Fabio Deodato, 31, the most eloquent of the group, intervenes.”The dream is not blind. It is not the lack of a meaning that leaves life meaningless,” he said.
Not even. Proof of this is the paratlete Silvana Chimionato, 44. She developed a degenerative disease called myopic choroidosis and, two years ago, lost her sight. “The adaptation was complicated, but you have to surrender, trust the guide,” he said.
Silvana continued to train, with the help of her husband, and last weekend, she won a silver and bronze medal at a parathetising championship in Rio das Ostras, Rio de Janeiro. “The most difficult thing is not the handicapped to want to pedal, is to arrange a guide,” he said.
Organizers want continuity
The idea of the event, baptized “Pedal guides: the cycling of inclusion”, started with André Guerreiro, 35 years old. He lived in Brasilia, in the Federal District, and participated in the “DV na Trilha”, a bimonthly biking tour with visually impaired.
“When I moved to Ribeirao, I wanted to bring it here. I talked to a friend who commented with another and it worked,” he said.
In addition to André, Marcus Bellizzi, 24, and Carlos Marin, 23, also led the project.
Marcus brought his mother along for the ride. Irani Maggiore brought hand-crafted gluten-free and lactose-free dishes to feed participants. “It was really cool to see their reaction [visually impaired] on a bicycle,” her mother said.
The organizers can count on the participation of Erinelma da Silva, 20, in a new edition of the event. “It was ‘ball show.’ I should have more,” he said.
The young woman comes from a family of seven visually impaired. “We suffer from congenital glaucoma,” he explained.
Fábio also cheers for the continuity of the tour. “It’s important for the socialization and the wind sensation on the face is very hot,” he said.
According to him, the presence of the guide is fundamental to the activity. “He assists in steering and shares the power on the pedal,” he said.
The teacher, who was born blind, is president of the Municipal Council for the Promotion and Integration of People with Disabilities (Comppid) and met his girlfriend Paula Pinhoni, 26, at Adevirp. “She went to play double bass in a band that we had, but it ended up touching my heart,” he joked.
Hand in hand with Fábio, Paula says she misses sports. “It was great to ride a bike, it was a different experience.”
Paula began to lose vision at age 17 due to glaucoma. “The adaptation was not so difficult, because I did not lose sight at once,” he said. “And Fabio helped me a lot,” he added.