Keen cyclist will take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on July 30.

A North Devon man is preparing for a punishing 100-mile cycle less than a year after he was hit by a car.

Ian Lawrence suffered a broken vertebra and knocks to the head and shoulder when he was hit by a car while cycling to work at the end of last year.

The injury hasn’t deterred the 48-year-old, who is now in training for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The event, which takes place on July 30, will see riders set off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before riding through London and Surrey before finishing back at The Mall in the capital.

Ian will be raising funds for the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity which gives children with life-limiting conditions special experiences.

He said: “I was looked after by North Devon District Hospital but sent home the same day, I was told to stay off the bike for six weeks.

“I then returned to cycling slowly and started to increase my miles over the next few months until I could start riding to work again and undertake longer rides.

“I cycle to work twice a week and will be completing a few other events in the lead up to RideLondon-Surrey 100 as extra motivation.

“My furthest cycle so far was to Newquay and back which was 67 miles each way. I’ll be building up to completing 100-mile routes over the next few months.

“The Make a Wish Foundation is a superb charity that supports so many seriously ill children with life-threatening conditions. I would love to raise as much as I can to help grant the wishes of more children in the UK.”

Ian, who works at Norbord in South Molton, took part in the cycling event in 2014, raising more than £1,300 for MAC, a charity which supports children with eye conditions.

Wayne Hovord, general manager at Norbord South Molton, said: “Ian’s determination to get back on the saddle after his accident is extremely inspiring.

“He has raised money for a number of local and national causes through cycling events over the years and the staff at Norbord will once again be supporting his latest demanding endeavour.”