You might have noticed that at Jewson, we’re not afraid to don a pair of Lycra shorts and get on our bikes – particularly every year in September when Jewson colleagues cycle a relay marathon to raise money for charity in the Tour de Jewson.
So when Coventry-based veteran cyclist Mick Ives was looking for sponsors for his new charity adventure we jumped at the chance to support him.
Mick is set to ride the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy in a bid to raise vital funds for Barnardo’s, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. The Giro d’Italia is 3,400km long and takes place over 21 days in May, with 2017 marking the 100th edition of the race.
Mick is no stranger to a challenge. He’s won a seriously impressive range of accolades to date, including eight World Masters Cycling Championships, 17 World Championship medals, 79 British Cycling Championships and is the only male to represent his country at road, cross, mountain and track events. Off the bike, Mick has managed the Great Britain team at the World Championships for both cyclo-cross and mountain biking, as well as acting professional team manager for several UK-based teams.
In 2005, and at the age of 65, Mick became the first and only rider to ride the exact route of the Tour de France in one day less than the race. In doing so, he raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research.