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Cycling superstar becomes Barnardo’s ambassador

Release Date: 13 Apr 2017

Cycling supremo, Mick Ives has become a cycling ambassador for Barnardo’s the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity.

Mick Ives has been cycling competitively for over 60 years (1), something no other British rider has achieved. He has competed against some of the world’s best riders and has won 79 British Cycling Championships (2).

He has now set himself his biggest ever challenge by riding the Giro d’Italia at the age of 77 in May, which involves cycling nearly 3,400km from Sardinia to Milan in just three weeks.

The grandfather from North Tyneside is aiming to raise £60,000 for the event in May 2017, £1,000 for each year he has been involved in the sport to raise money for charities close to his heart.

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, said:

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.

In his role of cycling ambassador, Mick will also be supporting Barnardo’s cyclists taking on the Prudential Ride London event in July.

To sponsor Mick Ives’s upcoming challenge, please visit his sponsorship page.

For more information about Barnardo’s challenge events, please our events page.


(1) Mick Ives is the only person in Britain to have raced for 60 years without a break in road and cyclo cross racing.

(2) Mick Ives career achievements include;

- Winning eight World Masters Cycling Championships, six of which were at Cyclo Cross, gaining a total of 20 World Championship Medals.

- Mick has also won 79 British Cycling Championships. In 2005, at the age of 65, Mick became the first and still the only rider to ride the Tour de France route solo in one day less than the race, raising over £20,000 for charity.

- In May, at the age of 77, Mick is attempting his greatest ever challenge and is riding the Tour of Italy (Girod’Italia) which is approximately 3,400km. He is doing it solo to raise money for four charities, including Barnardo’s.

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