Bankrupt, divorced and cepressed is how Scott Elliot described himself before he rediscovered his love of cycling.
The 49-year-old Doncaster man had hit rock bottom when someone recommended he try a cycling session, being run by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.
And now, after spending months building up his strength, stamina and skill, Scott has set himself the task of taking part in a cycle race next year.
Scott said: “The economic crisis had a huge impact on me. I was a self-employed civil engineer, but my business folded, my marriage broke up and I found myself suffering from depression.
“It’s hard to imagine things can spiral out of control so quickly. One minute everything is going well and the next you’re struggling to function.
“Depression is horrible and I was extremely low when I it was suggested that I attend one of Chris Green’s cycling sessions for hard to reach groups. The first time I went out with Chris was in January and I remember having to push the bike up the hill. Now I am cycling four or five times a week. I love getting out on the bike, meeting new people and having new experiences.
“These groups have given me a new focus and really reignited my love of cycling. I can’t thank Chris and the team enough, I don’t know where I’d be without them.”
The dad-of-two, from Tickhill, has also started using the DCLT gyms and taking part in the spinning classes. He also takes his son and daughter cycling at weekends thanks to Doncaster’s bike library which allows people to borrow bikes.
Scott added: “Next year, I really want to cycle in a race with a number on my back to show how far I have come.”