A cycling enthusiast is undertaking five gruelling bike challenges across the UK for charity.
Iain Whyte, from Aberdeen, is aiming to raise £10,000 for Befriend a Child and will clock up almost 7,400 miles on his bike over the course of the year.
The longest challenge the 53-year-old dad-of-three has set himself is the nine-day Ride Across Britain race covering 969 miles.
The bike ride goes from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Iain said: “I did it last year for another charity and I feel like I have some unfinished business with the race. I felt like I was always one of the last in, so my plan this year is to come in a couple of hours earlier and enjoy the race.
“Befriend a Child does some great work in Aberdeen helping youngsters so when the opportunity became available I was more than happy to do Ride across Britain for them and add in the other challenges.”
Iain will also take part in another four events including the Wattbike No Excuses in Falkirk, Loch Ness Etape, Kinross Cycle Club Sportive and London Revolution. He also plans to cycle 500 miles every month in 2017 for the city-based charity.
Part of his challenge is to lose five stone as he said his weight has been an issue.
He said: “I have struggled with my weight all my life.
“I was 31 stone five years ago and I managed to get that down to 18 but it has gone back up to 23 so I’ve set myself the extra challenge to lose five stone.
“If I can raise money for the great work that Befriend a Child does and help myself lose some weight then it is win-win all around.”
Iain added his family have also got involved with his exploits. He said: “My two girls, Morag, 9, and Heather, 7, have both got involved with cycling as they want to do what their daddy is doing, my youngest Angus, 5, just laughs at us.
“My wife Val has been really supportive putting up with my mad ideas.”
Richard Stewart, head of fundraising at Befriend a Child, said: “We are delighted to have Iain’s support with such an ambitious and inspirational fundraising challenge.”
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