CYCLING: Mick Ives’ riding 500 miles in six-day challenge

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Champion cyclist supporting Injured Jockeys Fund

Veteran cycling champion Mick Ives will be setting out on a 500-mile ride on Wednesday, raising funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

The six-day challenge will take him from Jack Berry House in Malton, North Yorkshire, to Oaksey House in Lambourne, Berkshire.

It will be Mick’s third venture for the charity. He said: “Helping the injured Jockeys Fund is close to my heart because having been brought up in a hunting/racing world, where my father worked looking after horses, my aim until I left school , was to be a National Hunt Jockey, but my parents would have none of it!

“I bought a bike to go to work on , and the rest is history - 60 years non-stop of bike racing, eight World Masters and 84 British Championships and 16 years as a Professional, but I never lost interest in following horse racing.”