A charity fundraiser is setting off for his next challenge today as he prepares to cycle across America unaided.
Matthew Ryan has swapped his skateboard for his bike as he prepares to set off on a 4,000 mile ride from New York to San Francisco.
Matthew, 37, from Dinas Powys, flies out to New York where he will start the challenge on Friday. Matthew will be completing it on his own; cycling around 50 miles a day without any help.
The trip will see him cycle through Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Diego, before arriving in San Francisco after about 80 days.
He plans to stop off on the way to meet friends and skateboarders and visit skateboard shops and skateparks.
Matthew, who used to own Crayon Skateboards in Cardiff, is a keen skateboarder and will be writing a daily blog about the challenge and about the people he meets.
His trip is being sponsored by skateboarding companies including Real Skateboards but said he is funding most of the trip through his own money.
Matthew is appealing for donations and wants to raise £3,000 for US cancer charity Johnny Kicks Cancer which supports children with leukaemia and works towards a cure.
Matthew’s latest challenge follows his 900 mile run from John O’Groats to Land’s End with Matthew Pritchard from Dirty Sanchez in 2010 where they raised around £6,000 towards helping little Elodie Wilton, who has cerebral palsy, get the treatment to help her walk.
He also ran 100 miles in one day for The SAFE Foundation based in Barry.
Matthew said that after his skateboard company came to an end he wanted to do something off the back of it and to combine travelling with charity work.
He said: “I’m definitely more of a runner and I probably prefer to run but I wouldn’t have been able to take all my stuff with me.”
At the end of the challenge, Matthew will enjoy a few days rest visiting friends in Vancouver before flying home.
To donate or to follow Matthew’s progress, see www.manaloneonamission.com