Winner chosen from more than 1,000 hopefuls through Vodafone's World of Difference programme...

A 35-year-old man from Penarth, South Wales has beaten off competition from 1,100 other candidates to win a placement with charity Friends of Pedal Power, which seeks to make cycling more accessible to people with disabilities in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Andrew Radcliffe is one of 500 people from across the UK to have been given the opportunity to spend 2 months working for a charity of their choice under the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference programme.

He first became aware of the charity, which seeks to make cycling accessible to people with disabilities by providing bicycles and tricycles for hire, six years ago after losing his sight.

Mr Radcliffe told the Penarth Times: "I’m massively excited at being given this opportunity to really make a difference,” and will work at the charity as a business manager, helping to draw up its objectives for 2010 and beyond.

Friends of Pedal Power is based at Pontcanna Caravan Park off the city’s Cathedral Road, operating from premises built with the aid of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and full information regarding the range of services it offers are available on its website

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.