“My name is Ryan. I’m a disabled hand cycler. I have Type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy, dystonic spasms, raynards disease, chronic pain and addisons.”
Ryan took on the Nightrider challenge after another hand cyclist, Giovanni, asked him to join. A 100km loop taking in some of Bristol’s most famous sights, this event was no mean feat for someone who had never taken on a hand cycle event before. However, it was because it was his first ever event that Ryan wanted to do something big.
Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old, fourteen years on Ryan was delighted to be able to take on this event for a charity which helps people like him every day. Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading diabetes charity which cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. They see themselves as “diabetes experts, campaigners, researchers, fundraisers, volunteers and healthcare professionals” pointing out that there are currently 4 million people in the UK living with diabetes, including an estimated 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.
To train for the event, Ryan did four track days of all day cycling and did one hour every day on his turbo trainer, covering as many miles as possible. He spread the word of his fundraising round his family and his school, as well as using Facebook to share his page as widely as possible. This has helped him to raise more than £500 including gift aid, but he hopes this total will be even higher when his fundraising ends.
With his specifically altered bike, Ryan and his family arrived in Brisol on the 25th and after a large lunch with his team, headed to the venue. Ryan began the race at 11pm and, despite the hills, after a midway snack of Haribo, he finished at 6:15am.
How you can help?
You can support Diabetes UK by donating to Ryan’s Virgin Money Giving page.