QUIRKY cyclist Darrell Butler will pedal around Hampshire for a worthy cause – on his beloved unicycle.
Three years ago Darrell, 27, got fed up riding mountain bikes because they kept breaking down.
So he picked up a unicycle and realised it was far easier getting about on one wheel with no brakes or gears.
Now Darrell, who lives in Shadwell Road, North End, will join around 550 other fundraisers who will take part in The Rowans Hospice’s Ruby Ride on Sunday, September 30.
Darrell, who is a bike mechanic for Wiggle Tri-Sports and Bike Shop, in Northarbour Spur, Cosham, will take on 18 miles of the route. He moved to Portsmouth from Cornwall, where he was also a bike mechanic, in October.
‘Because of my profession I was able to pick up faults in the mountain bikes I was riding,’ he said.
‘I got fed up with them breaking down all the time so I decided to look for something different. The unicycle is perfect for me. I love it.’
‘If it’s a nice evening I usually go out on it down to the seafront. I get looks from people and children point and shout “wow, look at that!”
‘I like the fact it raises a few smiles.’
As well as the 18-mile route participants can take part in a 3.5-mile, 30-mile or 60-mile ride which takes in Petersfield and Wickham.
Darrell decided to take part when he saw an advert in the window of The Rowans Hospice’s charity shop in Marmion Road, Southsea.
‘There’s no personal reason why I’m taking part in this,’ he said.
‘I used to work in charity shops in Cornwall so I thought it would be nice to do something for a good cause again.
‘I’m feeling confident because I normally do about 10 miles when I get on the unicycle. Another eight shouldn’t be too difficult.’
All the cycle routes will begin at 1000 Lakeside, at Lakeside Business Park in Portsmouth.
To take part in the ride fill in a registration form at rowanshospice.co.uk/files/RubyReg.pdf
To donate visit justgiving.com/Darrell-Butler-Unicycle