Competitive cyclist for more than 60 years, Mick Ives has become cycling ambassador for Barnardo’s.
Ives, from North Tyneside, has won 79 British Cycling Championships. As Barnardo’s cycling ambassador, he has now set himself his biggest challenge of riding the Giro d’Italia at the age of 77 in May, which involves cycling nearly 3,400km from Sardinia to Milan in three weeks.
He is aiming to raise £60,000 through the event: £1,000 for each year he has been involved in the sport. The money will support Barnado’s, as well as Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research, and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice with Ives sponsored by Jewson, Polypipe and McCann.
In his role of cycling ambassador, Ives will also be supporting Barnardo’s cyclists taking on the Prudential Ride London event in July.
Mike Ives said:
“I am ecstatic to be Barnardo’s cycling ambassador. I hope the money I raise for this amazing charity will help to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and help them to believe in and follow their dreams.”
Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, added:
“I am delighted Mike Ives has become Barnardo’s cycling ambassador, he is a fantastic role model for the sport and shows what can be achieved regardless of your age or circumstances. We wish him all the best for his upcoming event.”
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