Steve cycles Prudential RideLondon to prove that anyone can do it
12 Jul 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Steve Walford from Newport suffers from a condition called Cerebellar Atrophy, a very rare condition which means he is gradually losing his balance, co-ordination, and that his speech is sometimes slurred.
“When I was diagnosed, I hadn’t heard of this disease,” Steve said. “I have always been really involved with sport and so when I realised that I could no longer participate in most sports, I was absolutely devastated.”
Steve’s neurologist told him that in order to slow his muscles from wasting, exercise would help a great deal, and so Steve found that he was able to ride a recumbent tricycle.
He said: “Since getting my trike roughly two years ago, I’ve taken part in many charity events. My local club welcomed me as a disabled rider, and supports me on each ride. I find it quite bizarre that I am able to cycle but then I find it difficult to walk in a straight line!
“I chose the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as I wanted to challenge myself and prove to myself that, despite the daily problems that I encounter, I am still able to do this kind of thing.
“Being disabled also offers an excellent opportunity for me to show others who might think their lives might be without sport that they too can get out there and take part.
“The opportunity to ride the same route as the 2012 Olympians is every cyclist’s dream! It’s going to be tough but I will succeed. The day that I can no longer do this will come soon enough. But until then, I will carry on.”
Steve is fundraising for Scope and has already more than tripled his fundraising target of raising £350 for the charity.
“Disabled people need a voice, and Scope gives them one. Disability can affect us at any time. We all take our health for granted and if our ability to do things is taken away, then we all need someone who will fight in our corner.”
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