Dean raises cash with 170-mile ride

Dean Wilcox will be taking part in a 170-mile bike ride.
Dean Wilcox will be taking part in a 170-mile bike ride.

Knottingley’s Dean Wilcox will take part in a 170-mile fund-raising bike ride in August.

He is one of the visually impaired West Yorkshire athletes who will take to their bikes to raise money for their sport, Goalball.

Goalball UK is aiming to raise £5,000 to help support existing, and fund new, clubs to meet demand.

Each player will ride tandem with a fully sighted teammate on the gruelling route.

The group includes the whole spectrum of abilities with 13 year old novice players cycling alongside members of the men and women’s GB Squads.

Goalball is currently the only paralympic team sport designed specifically for visually impaired people.

Played with raised markings on the floor, blindfolds are used to ensure an even playing field as players locate the ball through sound.

In the past two years, the number of active clubs has soared from 18 to 30 across the country.

Dean plays for West Yorkshire Goalball club.

He and other riders will set off from Morecambe on August 3.

They will will cycle through the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon and York before reaching the end of the four day challenge in Bridlington on Thursday, August 6.