Ron Skarin is a two-time Olympic cyclist (1972, 1976) and a U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer.
He still rides approximately 25 miles at least twice a week, and espouses his love of the sport every chance he gets.
He says one of the coolest experiences he’s had lately is taking his friend Larry Crismond, who is blind, on tandem rides. About once a month for the past year, they embark on a 20-mile loop around the Chatsworth Lake Reservoir.
Larry, now age 49, lost his sight due to an illness 27 years ago and very seldom gets out on his own. “It’s a special experience to be able to share something I enjoy with him,” said Skarin. “I affectionately refer to Larry as my ‘blind date.’”
Ron, who just completed his 10th year in the Ready, Set, Gold! program, also volunteers for a group called Bicycling Blind, an organization based in Topanga Village. For more info, contact bicyclingblind.org.