Steve Bate will participate in the "Deloitte Ride Across Britain" ©Steve Bate

Steve Bate, a two-time gold medal winning cyclist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, has announced that he will participate in next month's Deloitte Ride Across Britain in support of national disability charity, Sense.

Bate, who won individual pursuit and road time trial titles in the Brazilian city, suffers with a condition called retinitis pigmentosa which has left him with just six per cent of his vision remaining. 

The 39-year-old will aim to compete the 969 mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats in eight days between September 9 to 17.

He will ride a heavier "fat bike" more suited to off road terrain for the first time.

If successful, it is thought that he will be the first person to compete the journey on such a bike. 

"The people at Sense do incredible work supporting people with sight and hearing impairments to lead full and active lives," Bate said.

"I was honoured, last year, to meet some of the people they work with, as well as the committed staff and volunteers that support them.

"I now can’t wait to take to the road on my fat bike. 

Steve Bate poses with his Rio 2016 Paralympic medals ©Getty Images
Steve Bate poses with his Rio 2016 Paralympic medals ©Getty Images

"The bike will make the journey more challenging, and I’m sure I’ll get lots of odd looks from the other cyclists.

"But I’m keen to show that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it.”

Sense supports people that are deaf and blind, have sensory impairments and complex needs.

“We are tremendously excited to have a double gold medal winning Paralympian as our ambassador for the prestigious Ride Across Britain event," added the charity's deputy chief executive Richard Kramer.

"Steve is wonderful person and an inspirational figure, who has overcome incredible challenges to achieve what he has, and demonstrate that where there is disability, there is ability."

In 2013, Bate also became the first visually impaired climber to solo El Capitan, a shear 3,000ft rock face in the Yosemite Valley, California.