Meet the sight-impaired cyclist who wants to ride around the world

As his eye condition deteriorates, Gavin Towers is planning his biggest adventure yet

Gavin Towers cycling British coastline
(Image credit: Shaun Waldie)

Gavin Towers’s website is confusing at first glance. When you land on the homepage, the words disappear behind a heavy blur, only to be revealed by hovering the cursor over them. “The way you’re reading this webpage is how I experience the world around me,” it reads. 

Twelve years ago, Towers was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye condition that breaks down the retinas, causing partial sight loss. Now, as his condition worsens, he wants to become the first visually impaired person to cycle around the globe. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.