A MAN who has spent the past 20 years undertaking daunting charity bike rides has written a book about his incredible travels.
Ian Toulson, 64, began cycling for charity in 1989 after he decided to ride from his home in Walsham-le-Willows to Wells in Somerset to see his mother.
Ian, then a maths teacher at Thurston Upper School, was inspired to tackle the distance for charity after a friend and colleague, Rick Keeling, died suddenly of an aneurism.
He said: “A fellow teacher died at the age of 42 and a trust was set up in his memory.
I thought I may as well raise a bob or two on the way so decided to make it a charity ride.”
Since then, Ian has biked from Land’s End to John o’Groats, cycled 4,000 miles across America from Seattle to Washington and travelled 3,200 miles spanning Australia from Sydney to Perth.
Ian also cycled his own version of the Tour de France and made his way from London to Brighton on a unicycle.
From diaries he kept through his travels, Ian has written a book called Riding for Rick (and other charities).
To get a copy of the book visit iansbikerides.webplus.net/
Books cost a £10 donation with all proceeds going to the Rick Keeling Memorial Trust and Friends of the Earth.