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One pensioner, One bike, One Tour d'Italia!
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One pensioner, One bike, One Tour d'Italia!

Published date: 31 March 2017

One pensioner, One bike, One Tour d'Italia!

What are your plans this weekend?  A spot of shopping?  A walk in the park?  A pub lunch? 

For most Grandads that would be a standard weekend, but not for Mick Ives!  As he approaches the age of 78, Mick will be spending his days cycling; but this is no ordinary cycling, as Mick is preparing to ride the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy!  Mick Ives is the subject of our next “Everyday Hero” article and he plans to raise £60,000 for his chosen charities, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice being one of them.

The Giro d’Italia is 3,400 km long and takes place over 21 days in May and is a huge physical challenge, even for the professional cyclists who will be riding this year’s 100th edition of the race.  But then Mick is no ordinary Grandad and has a distinguished pedigree in cycling, including championship titles and managing a successful cycling team. Mick was also the first pensioner to complete the Tour de France in 2005. In fact, he is the only rider in the world to complete the race solo.  Incredible!

Despite Mick’s years of cycling, he will not be taking this challenge lightly.  Mick said: “It’s a daunting challenge, probably the biggest I’ve ever faced during my 60 years of competitive cycling. I’ll have to pace myself, but I’ll do it.  My ultimate goal is to do it in the same number of days as the Tour but if I have to rest, so be it.”  Read more about the full challenge on Mick's website "Mick's Italian Job"

The Tour de Giro is a punishing event, taking in many mountain passes.The Tour de Giro is a punishing event, taking on many mountain passes.

If Mick has managed to shame you off the sofa with his EPIC challenge, surely you can take on our fantastic cycle challenge “Cork to the Giants Causeway”?  Take advantage now with our final registration promotion starting on April 1st – you will be a fool to miss it! (see what we did there!)

If jumping on your bike fills you with dismay, then why not get in the spirit of “Random Act of Kindness Day” today, and simply make a donation to Mick Ives’s incredible challenge on his ONLINE PAGE.  We know he will appreciate your support.

Next week our action hero will be Graham Black, who will be running the Marathon de Sables.  An ultramarathon......through the Sahara Desert! 

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