A Berkshire cyclist is preparing to complete the 900 mile John O’Groats to Land’s End ride, getting back in the saddle a year to the day after he was forced to abandon last June when he suffered a heart attack on the tenth day of his 13-day journey.
Tom Patterson, aged 67 and from Newbury, had completed 711 miles of the trip when he collapsed at the top of Naish Hill near Bristol. He was given CPR by a friend before being taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary, where he was placed in a medically induced coma, reports the BBC.
He remained at the hospital for a number of weeks and two months after his heart attack had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator placed in his shoulder.
"If something untoward does happen it will shock me back," he explained.
Mr Patterson’s wife, Lin, has mixed feelings about him getting back on his bike to finish the end-to-end ride.
"I'm not necessarily 100% behind it but I understand why it has to be done,” she revealed. "I will be glad when it's the 23rd of June and it's over."
The BBC added that consultant psychiatrist Raj Persaud believed that the cyclist wanting to finish what he started a "good thing to do," saying “It's important to encourage patients that have experienced a traumatic event not to let it stop them."
Mr Patterson himself said: "With the support I've got and with the level of commitment that I feel towards completing it, I'm sure that I'll do it with no problem."
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.