World Of Superheroes: Mr Incredible’s pedal power for charity - VIDEO

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IS IT a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s a recumbent tricycle - the secret weapon helping Sheffield’s own Mr Incredible to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The bicycle places the rider in a laid-back reclining position.

And 50-year-old haulage contractor Mike Hopley hopes it will help his super-human effort to cycle 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End in a bid to raise £3,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

Daughter Kellie, aged 24, is joining him on a conventional bicycle and their main sponsor is the city’s new comics memorabilia company The World Of Superheroes.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report. You can also watch this on YouTube, where it can be seen on the iPhone and iPad, by clicking the External Link in the column on the right.

Dad-of-two Michael, of Firth Park, said: “We’re doing John O’Groats to Lands End - the most northerly and southerly point.

“We intend to finish on June 4. It’s 1,000 miles and something I’ve wanted to do since I was a school kid.

“I wanted to do it before I got too old and I turned 50 the other day.

“With a recumbent tricycle you sacrifice speed on hills for comfort. There’s no saddle soreness. A little bit higher and it would be armchair cycling!

“We chose St Luke’s because it’s a charity my mother used to support. As a family we’ve never used St Luke’s but we’ve had friends that used the facilities and because of that we wanted the hospice to be the beneficiary of sponsor money being raised.”

World Of Superheroes president Steve Eyre said: “We celebrate all things heroic and I can’t think of anything much more heroic than this.”

* There’s still time to sponsor Mike and Kellie at www.justgiving.com/MICHAEL-HOPLEY - click the External Link in the column on the right.

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