Family bicycle trip around NI in memory of campaigning father

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

Relatives of a well-known cycling campaigner are to don suits in his memory as they pedal around Northern Ireland fundraising to combat the disease which claimed his life.

Tom McClelland cycled to work in his office wear, and was passionate about the benefits of the bicycle as a form of everyday transport.

His children are set to cover 425 miles around the perimeter of Northern Ireland to raise money for lung disease.

Daughter Sarah McClelland said: “Cycling to work is becoming more common, but dad was doing it well before it became popular, and he became well-known for cycling in his office wear.

“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.”

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

The family are to begin their trip this morning, setting out from Lisburn.