Shane’s epic cycle challenge

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A Scarborough-born man will cycle the 3,200 miles from San Francisco to New York, following in his father’s cycle tracks decades later.

Shane Prendergast hopes the mammoth challenge, Ride for the Child – 3,200 miles across America in 28 days in September – will help him raise £10,000 for two charities close to his heart.

The 28-year-old web designer is deaf and as he can’t cycle with his hearing aids – they are not waterproof – he will be biking across America completely unable to hear his surroundings.

“I am constantly looking around when I’m cycling, so much that my neck/back is often aching after a few hours in the saddle.

“I never take risks when I’m not 100% certain that it’s safe,” he said.

“Some people might think that it’s dangerous to have deaf people cycle or drive on the road as they’re a danger to others.

“What I lack in hearing 
I more than make up elsewhere.”

Shane’s challenge has already raised more than £2,000 for Action on Hearing Loss and CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity.

“Throughout my childhood my father was involved in several charity bike rides.

“He cycled across America, Australia, Canada and around the coast of Britain, raising over £52,000 for charity,” Shane said.

Shane’s father, Mike Prendergast, of Scarborough, completed his first, of many, cycling challenges in America when he did Ride for the Child.

Shane, a former pupil at St George’s Primary School and St Augustine’s School who now lives in Macclesfield, Lancs, said: “I’m immensely proud of my father for the challenges he undertook and it’s something I have always thought about doing myself.

“I also wanted to raise awareness of my deafness to demonstrate that deafness, or any disability, is not a barrier to anything.

“My mum Donna has recently recovered from cancer and experiencing cancer firsthand made me realise just how shocking it is.

“I can’t even begin to imagine the pain, confusion and heartache young children and their families must experience.”