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Blind Tandem rider sees his way to the finish line with the help of teammate

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It was day two in the USA Cycling Championship, with Paracyclers competing in the road race.

"On tandem it's just like any other team sport. You both have to work together to be successful," said Paracycler, Clark Rachfal.

Rachfal and Sean Metz haven't been riding together long, but they're in it to win it. "Given Clark's accomplishments this far, it's kind of a big role to try and fill," said Metz.

Metz is at the front of the tandem, he steers the bike; that's because he's the eyes of their team.

"I was diagnosed legally blind at the age of four with a degenerative retinal condition, so my vision is slowly deteriorating from the center to the peripheral," said Rachfal.

Rachfal stopped riding his bike at 13 when he could no longer see well enough to steer. It wasn't until college that he began riding tandem.

"It's awesome to get out and go fast," said Rachfal.

He's been racing tandem nationally since 2007 and internationally since 2009, proving you don't always have to see, to believe. "I love being outside. I love being active and I love doing what other people don't think I can't," said Rachfal.

Rachfal and Metz finished the Men's BVI Race in Third place.

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