A disabled man is aiming to complete a mammoth cycle challenge to raise money in aid of people with learning disabilities.
Douglas Silas, from Finchley in London, will take part in three separate races, covering more than 300 miles (500km) along the way.
The 45-year-old, who suffers from a neurological condition, Cerebellar Ataxia, will complete the races using a specially adapted wheelchair vehicle which allows him to peddle with his arms.
The first ride will see Douglas undertake a 100km Night Ride followed by the LA Fitness Capital to Coast Cycle from London to Brighton. His challenge will be completed with a 400km Coast to Coast ride in Sri Lanka later in the year.
Mr Silas will be joined by his two friends, Paul Tuhrim and Stephen Harrison, who will assist him along the way. It is hoped the bike rides will help raise £25,000 for Norwood, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities and families in need.
Mr Silas, who helped to raise £40,000 cycling through the Negev desert last year, commented: “I learn a lot while preparing and then doing the rides.
"I learn about the importance of having mental strength and determination, as well as physical strength. I also discovered there is an incredible generosity in people who are willing to help me try to help others.”
To sponsor Mr Silas call 020 8420 6944.