Exmouth’s Ian is gearing up for 145-mile cycle challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018

Ian a year after joining Slimming World and gearing up for his 145 cycle challenge.

Ian a year after joining Slimming World and gearing up for his 145 cycle challenge.


An Exmouth man is gearing up for a 145-mile cycle challenge to raise funds for a charity researching the disease which killed his dad.

Ian Trowsdale before he shed nearly five stone in weight.Ian Trowsdale before he shed nearly five stone in weight.

Ian Trowsdale, 65, of Mount Pleasant Avenue, will be one of 400 cyclists setting off from London for the Football to Amsterdam ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

His dad, known as Bob Trowsdale, who died from the disease in October last year, had been one of the driving forces behind getting Ian to lose nearly five stone in weight in just a year.

Now Ian is determined to give something back in memory of his dad by taking part in the bike ride, which starts from Stratford, London, and finishes 145 miles away in the Amsterdam Arena in Holland.

He said: “I’m starting to get a bit anxious, but I am looking forward to it with a bit of excitement.

Ian a year after joining Slimming World and gearing up for his 145 cycle challenge.Ian a year after joining Slimming World and gearing up for his 145 cycle challenge.

“It’s going to be a feeling of closure. It’s the feeling that I have put something back in the tin.”

After concerns were raised by family members and doctors over Ian’s health, he was convinced to join a Slimming World group in Exmouth.

A week later he had lost 10-and-a-half pounds. A year on, he is just four-and-a-half pounds shy of his weight loss target.

Ian, who is a floor fitter by trade, said there was one particular incident which made him realise he needed to take action.

“There was a staircase at a house in Plymouth where we were laying floor. Going up and down those steps – after a while my knees started giving in,” said Ian.

In September last year, Ian noticed a social media post about the Football to Amsterdam ride due to take place between Friday, June 1, and Sunday, June 3.

Around the same time he began attending Exmouth Leisure Centre’s LED gym once or twice a week.

Day one of the Football to Amsterdam challenge will see the cyclists cover 80 miles as they travel out of London, through Essex to Harwich, where they will catch a ferry to Holland. The next day they will ride from Hook of Holland, near Rotterdam, to the Amsterdam Arena.

To sponsor Ian, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iantrowsdale

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