A cyclist will pay a flying visit to the Isle of Man on Monday when he will pedal the TT course and visit the Joey Dunlop Foundation house at Braddan Bridge.
Stuart Bratt is raising money for three charities – the Teenage Cancer Trust and Marco Simoncelli Foundation as well as the JDF – but his one-day visit to the island is only the tip of the iceberg in a trip which sees him cycle from his home town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to the former home town in Italy of Moto GP rider Simoncelli who was killed in a racing accident. He will also visit Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, home town of TT star Joey Dunlop.
‘I’m not really a cyclist,’ said the 48-year-old heating engineer. ‘But I work for myself so I can take the time off and I try to do a cycle ride every year in memory of a friend’s son who contracted cancer at 15 and died four years ago aged 25.’
The first trip took him to La Rochelle in France in five days and in 2011 he rode as far north as he could in 24 hours, finishing 53 miles from Edinburgh.
You can sponsor him at www.justgiving/stuartbratt