Take A Seat

There is a new TV show coming on tonight that I feel is worth mentioning even though I haven’t seen it yet.

In 2006 Dominic Gill took a fully loaded tandem and a trailer to Alaska and rode it to Chile. Notice I didn’t mention another person to ride the tandem with him. Dominic invited people along the way to ride with him. Sometimes they rode for a few miles and other times a few days. This adventure is documented in the book Take A Seat.

But that is not what this TV show is about. The show is 10 episodes documenting a ride across America again on a tandem, but this was planned with a partner, Ernie Greenwald. Ernie is a 74 year old cancer patient. But the plan required changing when Ernie’s condition worsened. So the extra seat was filled by a serious of people. But not just your ordinary cyclists, but people with various conditions which makes riding a different kind of challenge. Dominic’s partners include blind riders, as well as people dealing with Parkinson’s, MS and other conditions.

To me this is reality TV worth watching. It is on Universal Sports which in my area is shown on the second digital channel of the local NBC station. Search this out, it should be well worth it.

  • lennyg

    Thanks for telling us about this inspiring and entertaining series.  I probably would have missed it otherwise.

  • tchappel

    The race is 50 miles and a road race.  Nice one to start out on, huh?  I think you are right about getting with some group rides – I need to look into that.