Coventry veteran cyclist Mick Ives will be riding the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy. The Giro d’italia is 3,400 km long and takes place over 21 days in May and this year’s see the 100th edition of the race. He will be raising funds for four charities, Barnados, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research, Zoe Place Baby Hospice and Rainbows Children’s Hospice.
Who is Mick Ives?
To date Mick has won 8 World Masters Cycling Championships and a total of 17 World Championship medals, add to that a professional championships and 79 British Cycling Championships. He held a professional licence for 8 years on road/cross and track, and alter another 8 years with mountain biking. He is the only male British rider to represent his country internationally at road/cross/mountain and track. He has also won National Championships on road/time trials/hill climbs/cross and mountain bike.
Off the bike, he has managed the Great Britain team at the World Championships for both cyclocross and mountain biking, as well as acting as professional team manager for several UK based professional teams. Throughout his illustrious career he has even managed Stephen Roche (World No.1 – World Champion, Tour de France and Giro winner) when he rode the Nissan Tour of Ireland.
Why this challenge?
In 2005, Mick at the age of 65 became the 1st and still only rider to ride the exact route of the Tour de France in one day less that the race. In doing so, he raised over £20,000 for Cancer Research. Now approaching the ripe age of 78, Mick will attempt what he considers his greatest ever cycling challenge, with the aim of raising many thousands of pounds for several UK based charities. Unlike his 2005 epic, where he slept in a small motorhome, often only getting a few hours sleep a night, and the majority of the logistics carried out by himself, ie, feeding, mechanics, navigation and media responsibilities due partly to finances, however on this occasion he has secured some funding from a selection of sponsors, currently Jewson, Polypipe and McCann are on board and this is likely to increase.
Will Mick achieve his goal? Only time will tell but few riders are more determined to obtain success. An official project launch is being organised with extensive press coverage. An official website is currently being developed for the project