One great man’s battle against adversity cycling around Ireland

Posted on: May 18th, 2017

One great man’s battle against adversity cycling around Ireland

One great man's battle against adversity cycling around Ireland

This man was born with cerebral palsy but that isn’t stopping him undertaking a huge challenge of cycling around Ireland on a modified bike. Jack Thompson, from the UK, arrived in Belfast this week and has no idea how long the trip will take.

 

A man born with cerebral palsy is cycling around Ireland on a modified bike to help raise awareness about the condition.

Jack Thompson, from the UK, rode from London to Liverpool before catching a ferry across the Irish Sea.

Now in Ireland, he plans to spend the next few weeks riding around the island.

He started his journey in Belfast and will work his way south. He has no definite plan only to continue his journey.

Having only started cycling five years ago, he knows it will be a tough test of his ability.

And he expects the Irish terrain to become “a lot more hilly” that that he’s encountered so far.

“I originally started because it was easier than walking to the shop, I would cycle to the shop,” he explained about his introduction to two wheels.

“I rode from London to Liverpool and I would like to get sponsored to do longer cycles. I’d like to spend a whole year cycling.”

Asked what he hopes to achieve by it all he offered: “I like big distances and I would like to go further and any support would be good.

“It’s been wonderful so far and the people are lovely, they’re really friendly.

“I’m good with dealing with the pain; it allows you to go on forever. It took me five years of progression to get to that stage.”

 

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