Video: Blind Mountain Biker, Xavier Hopkins, Hits Rogate Gaps with World Cup Racer Luke Williamson

Jul 6, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesPost lockdown riding with junior world cup racer Luke Williamson, A really sick day at Rogate bike park, getting back to riding, as I had been off the bike for nearly 4 months.Xavier Hopkins

Xavier suffers from albinism, which causes too much light to enter his eyes and nystagmus, a condition that causes his eyes to shake uncontrollably. As such, he is unable to focus on things more than a few metres away. He explains, "the UK the classification is either visually impaired or blind depending on how much usable sight you have, mine is so bad that I am classed as blind, mainly because I can't read or write without the help of a computer and special software."

For more info on Xavier and his riding, click here.

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17 Comments

  • 12 0
 I struggle to ride when I lose a contact lens lol, can't really imagine riding with 10% vision
  • 11 1
 He hits features at Rogate that I wont. Maybe I should try shutting my eyes as it clearly makes you better.
  • 7 0
 Hey. It either works or you can end up in Friday fails. WIN WIN!
  • 2 0
 @learningcycles: no it’s definitely a win loose with Friday fails.... win for us.... loose for ayjay....
  • 1 0
 Here I am telling myself that being able to see all the dangers must be the problem!
  • 7 0
 Must be even scarier to ride dh with such bad eyesight ^^ big props for still killing it!
  • 4 0
 I'm blown away at the commitment in the corners and how relaxed he is on the bike. Looks like a natural, consider me humbled!
  • 2 0
 Props to Xavier for not letting his visual impairment stop him from riding. I do think there is a general misunderstanding on "blindness" by most people. Albinism is associated with vision loss and with an eye movement disorder (nystagmus) but overall they are relatively functional in life. Most I've seen have vision around 20/60 to 20/80 level and it sounds like Xavier is worse at best corrected 20/200 vision. But it shouldn't be mistaken that it's the same as riding with one's eye's closed which would be a whole other ballgame in regards reasonably safe riding.
  • 2 0
 Amazing, but what does 10% vision mean? Genuine question. I guess it varies from case to case. Does it mean you see only 10% as far or is it to do with field of vision? Like looking through a really small window. Is that a really shit comparison? It probably is so sorry if so, just interested.
  • 3 0
 It is a rough classification, I played blind football for a while, and I was in the category 10% sight and below, My vision on Is worse than 10% especially because the more light there is, the less I can see, bright sunlight directly in my eyes can temporarily blind me, even with tinted goggles on. Also my eyes shake uncontrollably, so anything more than a few feet away becomes very blurry. The two eye conditions together make for an interesting riding experience. I am going to make a video to try and show/ explain what i see, and how I have learned to ride with my poor vision.
  • 4 0
 Very rad!
  • 3 0
 Hahahaha you’re insane, dude! Props.
  • 2 0
 quit taking away all my excuses
  • 3 0
 Impressive, both in terms of skill and commitment.
  • 2 0
 Big up Toby on the snapper
  • 1 0
 I once closed my eyes on a dropped to flat I thought was a roller. Didn't work for me.
  • 2 0
 This is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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