Double gold medal winning Paralympian to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for Sense

11 August 2017

Smiling man in orange Sense t-shirt holding big bike with thick wheels

British double gold-medal-winning Paralympian, Steve Bate MBE, has announced that he will participate in September’s ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’ event, in support of Sense.

39-year-old Steve Bate, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa and is visually impaired, will lead a team of ten cyclists who are cycling the Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats, to raise money for Sense, a disability charity that supports people are deafblind, have sensory impairments and complex needs.

The epic 969 mile ride will take place between the 9th to 17th September, with the cyclists travelling through 23 counties across England, Wales and Scotland.

Remarkably, Steve, who only has 6% of his eyesight remaining, has decided to make the trek more challenging by attempting it on a ‘fat bike’, a heavier bicycle, more suited to off-road terrain. If successful, it is thought Steve will be the first person to complete the journey on such a bike.

Steve says he chose to support Sense after his experience presenting at their annual charity awards.

Steve Bate MBE, said: 

“The decision to participate in the ‘Ride Across Britain’ event was my way of showing support for a cause that is close to my heart.

The people at Sense do incredible work supporting people with sight and hearing impairments to lead full and active lives. I was honoured, last year, to meet some of the people they work with, as well as the committed staff and volunteers that support them. 

I now can’t wait to take to the road on my ‘fat bike’. The bike will make the journey more challenging, and I’m sure I’ll get lots of odd looks from the other cyclists - But I’m keen to show that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it.”

Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive of Sense, said: 

“We are tremendously excited to have a double gold medal winning Paralympian as our ambassador for the prestigious ‘Ride Across Britain’ event. 

Steve is wonderful person and an inspirational figure, who has overcome incredible challenges to achieve what he has, and demonstrate that where there is disability, there is ability.”

Steve is no stranger to epic firsts.  Prior to his heroics at the 2016 Paralympics, in 2013 Steve became the first visually impaired climber to solo El Capitan, a shear 3000ft rock face in the Yosemite Valley, California.

Deloitte Ride Across Britain will take place in 9th to 17th September 2017. If you're up for the callenge, you can signup for a place with Sense.