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After being paralysed from the neck down, Steven Dowd to complete RideLondon on Zwift

Joe Robinson
27 Jul 2017

Just one year on from a catastrophic injury training for the 2016 RideLondon, Steven Dowd will complete 100 miles on a static trainer

Tens of thousands will cross the finish line on the Mall this Sunday having finished the 2017 Prudential RideLondon

Many would have raised thousands of pounds for their respective charities and for others this will have been the hardest physical test they have ever endured. 

However, for one man this Sunday will almost be defying the impossible. Steven Dowd will complete the 100 mile course using the Zwift virtual route at the Red Bull headquarters in London. 

After a crash training for last year's event, Steven was left with tetraplegia, paralysing him from the neck down.  

However, thanks to pioneering treatment funded by spinal cord injury foundation Wings For Life, the trial was able to give Steven back mobility, which he had lost in the crash.

This challenge will end 200 days of neurorehabilitation and intense training, which Steven has entitled his #200dayschallenge.

With a goal of completing the 100 miles in under six hours, Steven will be using the Zwift virtual RideLondon course that is able to mirror the varying gradients of the actual course taken on by the amateurs and professionals alike.

Steven is embarking upon this endeavour in order to raise money for Wings For Life, in which he has already raised in excess of £10,000. 

This is the second of Steven's 200 day challenges with the first being able to walk and carry the turkey to the table at Christmas; a goal that he achieved. Undoubtedly, this Sunday's challenge will present more of an obstacle. 

Speaking to Wings For Life, Steven remarked 'After months of specialist neurorehabilitation, I still have many issues to overcome but I can now walk and cycle.'

'Wings for Life directly funded the experimental trial that helped me. That is why I want to do this challenge to support the cause and give other people with paralysis the chance to walk and cycle again.'

Whilst the RideLondon sportive is an achievement for all those who complete it, it goes without saying that come Sunday evening, the man who will feel he has conquered the biggest mountain will be Steven Dowd. 

Keep up to date with Steven's progress at: 

www.200dayschallenge.com

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