Co Antrim family ‘suit up’ in father’s memory for fundraising cycle

The late Tom McClelland was a cycle campaigner
The late Tom McClelland was a cycle campaigner

It’s a far cry from the tight-fitting lycra suits worn by Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins when he gets into the saddle, but one family is donning business suits as they set off on a tour of Northern Ireland for a very special reason.

The family of cycle campaigner and environmentalist, Tom McClelland, will embark on a 425-mile bike ride round Northern Ireland to raise funds to help combat the disease which killed him.

Mr McClelland, who lived in Dundrod, Co Antrim, died 20 months ago, aged 64, from the rare lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Tom’s two sons, daughter Sarah and three of his nephews will start the cycle at 12 Bachelors Walk in Lisburn, at 10am on Monday.

Sarah McClelland explained the family’s motivation: “By wearing suits on this ride, we’re just trying to underline one of his key messages – that the bike is a convenient, healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting from A to B.”

The trip dubbed ‘Cycling Suits NI’ has already raised more than £4,000 towards the work of the British Lung Foundation.

To make a donation, go to the Virgin Money Giving website and search for ‘Cycling Suits NI’.