Nine-year-old Daniel, from Farsley, thought that his father Richard’s mammoth charity cycle ride needed a little boost, and so has urged his dad to undertake the challenge dressed as Shaun the Sheep. As the first baby in Leeds to be diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy, Daniel has received support throughout his life from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and now his dad is supporting them in return via his 800km cycle ride.
Richard is taking part in Nightrider™ – an incredibly unique 100km overnight ride through the streets of London. Not content with just the 100km, Richard will also cycle there and back from Leeds clocking up an impressive 800km in total.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They point out “Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start. Deaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.”
Richard’s challenge is even more impressive given he is not a seasoned cyclist. He says: “The challenge is very tough and even more so when you consider I’ve only been riding a road bike for a year and maybe a few months before that commuting on a mountain bike. Prior to cycling, I’ve never done anything athletic and do get asthma”.
He has these words of encouragement for anyone else thinking of taking part in Nightrider™: “If you’re worried about the distance, you will be amazed at what you can achieve if you just try it. I used to think that 10 miles was a long way….a few months after that I was doing 30 miles then a few months after that I did my first 100 mile ride”.
Nightrider™ takes place on 6th and 7th June 2015. While the capital sleeps, over 4,000 cyclists will ride through the night and raise £2 million for hundreds of charities. Highlights of the event include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House and the London Eye.
You can find more information on Nightrider™here.
Richard is hoping to raise £4000 from his 800km Leeds to London and Nightrider™ challenge and you can support him via his Virgin Money Giving page.