A CYCLIST is taking on a huge challenge by pedalling the equivalent of Dunfermline to London and back – 12 times!

IT technician Ross Duncan, 32, has pledged to ride 124km a day for 124 consecutive days – a total of 15,404km – and on the 125th day he'll tackle hill repetitions that will be like scaling double the height of Everest.

It's an ascent of 15,404 feet and he's aiming to raise that amount of money for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

He's chosen 15,404 as that's the number of children who could benefit from the care that CHAS provide and the charity is striving to reach.

The challenge, which he'll start on Tuesday, will span five months until the finish in April and, given the winter weather, will be a mix of outdoor riding and using an indoor training simulator called Zwift.

As a member of Dunfermline Cycling Club, he has completed various endurance cycling challenges in the past and clocked up nearly 13,000 miles this year.

Ross said: "This particular challenge is the equivalent of riding from Dunfermline to London and back 12 times.

"Then on the final day I will ascend the height of Everest almost twice!

"Due to the time of year it is safe to say it will be a mixture of outdoor riding and Zwift; an online indoor training tool.”

Zwift enables users to interact, train and compete in a virtual world. Anyone who would like to join Ross – either on the road in the flesh, or in the virtual world, can do so whenever he rides.

Laura Campbell, community fundraiser at CHAS, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Ross for taking on this enormous test of physical and mental endurance for the benefit of our families and wish him well in his endeavour. "We hope to see riders and supporters come out to encourage him, both on the road or through the wonders of technology.

“A bold undertaking like this one certainly helps make all the odds for CHAS.

"Just one day’s care in Robin House and Rachel House is £5,650 each and it costs CHAS £12,750 every day to provide care in hospices, homes and in hospitals.

"In December alone, CHAS will spend more than £400,000 to make sure children and families get to enjoy precious time together in a relaxed, caring and joyous environment.”

The local cycling community is already rallying to give Ross the support he needs to complete the challenge – Dunfermline Cycling Club provided a training kit, while Nicholson’s Cycles in Dundee are sponsoring a new road bike.

You can sponsor Ross at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/124-4-124 and follow his daily challenge progress at rd-ultracyclist.com.