A CYCLIST is finally putting his feet up after completing a 4,000 mile cycle ride to Africa and back.

Ed Beverley-Jones completed an epic six-month ride yesterday at the top of Sugar Loaf mountain near Abergavenny, where he started out more than six months ago.

The 43-year-old has spoken about his determination to see the challenge through and some unforgettable memories including fending off wild dogs.

But not even yesterday’s heavy rainfall would put off the 43-year-old from completing the last leg of the journey - pushing his bike up the Sugarloaf mountain.

“The rain is not an issue,” he said.

“I am so used to the rain by now. In fact, when I camped outside sometimes I was going into my sleeping bag in soaking wet clothes.

“I just thought that I wanted to get on with it and finish this challenge.”

And as Mr Beverley-Jones completed the challenge in aid of St David’s Hospice Care, the sun came out as he reached the peak of Sugar Load mountain.

The environmentalist decided to follow the swallows on their migration from his stable near Chepstow in Autumn and made the trip coincide with their return in Spring. He decided to raise money for St David’s Hospice after the death of one of his clients who was cared for by nurses at the hospice.

His epic journey has now raised more than £5,000 for the hospice.

Speaking from the top of Sugar Loaf in a video shared on his Facebook page, he said: “I left this point at about 12pm on Wednesday, September 27 last year, and now I am back here via the Sahara Desert.

“I have manually carried this sand which is going to be symbolic to me and there’s a few crumbs of Morrocan bread.

“I’m just recovering. I think it’s about 20,000 kilometres I’ve done.

"I’ve been using no map on a second hand bike, sleeping rough all the way.”

The cyclist stopped off to visit St David's Hospice Care shop in Abergavenny yesterday.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ed-jones4.