Blind cyclists take part in tandem bike ride to raise money for charity
PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:16 05 May 2017
A team of cyclists is riding 212 miles to celebrate one of Norfolk’s oldest charities anniversary, but this cycle team is not your usual yellow jersey group as some members are blind or partially-sighted and will be riding on tandem bicycles.
The challenge, in aid of Norfolk and Norwich Association of the Blind’s (NNAB) 212th anniversary, kicked off with a 50 mile ride as part of the Tour de Broads (South) on Sunday, April 30.
The 25-strong team then hopes to complete another 62 miles before the final event in August at the Tour de Broads (North) which will cover another 100 miles, clocking up a total of 212 miles.
Edward Bates, 26, has been blind since birth and will be cycling on a tandem with his father.
He said: “I have cycled before but never long distance, so it will be quite interesting to see how it turns out and what it’s like on the day.
“My father sits at the font and does all of the steering and has control of the gears and I’m on the back and just have to pedal along. We both do the same amount of peddling but he might disagree.
“This is a great opportunity for any kind of myths or stereotypes to be discarded and show that people with any kind of disability can take part just like anyone else.”
Alex Tosh and Scott McKay from Norwich marketing agency Creative Sponge are taking part in the race and have helped raise £4,000 of jersey sponsorship for the challenge.
Mr McKay said: “We have seen firsthand the difference that the NNAB can make, particularly to children and their families.
“As a charity it falls under the radar in Norfolk so we felt this was a great opportunity to get involved and help raise the NNAB’s profile as well as much-needed funds,”
Money raised will go towards the NNAB Young Eyes initiative, which offers services to more than 150 visually-impaired children, their families and carers.
Jeremy Goss, head of fundrasing at the charity, said: “We are very grateful to Creative Sponge for driving forward the jersey design and securing the key sponsors for our challenge. We’ve had a brilliant response from local businesses who, between them, will be raising a considerable amount of money for NNAB.”
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