Silver medallist Ives honoured at gala dinner

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Baginton veteran racing cyclist Mick Ives, was honoured at Saturday Evenings British Cycling Gala Dinner and Awards Evening at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

Ives, already a five-times World Masters Cycling Champion and winner of 15 World Championship medals in total from road racing, mountain biking and cyclo-cross, collected a special award in honour of his recent second place in the World Championships in Kentucky, America just three weeks ago.

Ives was British Professional Cyclo Cross Champion way back in 1968, and has won more British Cyclo-Cross Championships than any other rider.

In the Championship race in America, race Ives was fighting it out at half distance with the eventual winner, on a course deep with frozen ruts and made extremely slippery with overnight snow, and temperature of -12 when both crashed.

Ives switched to avoid his rival and ended up going through the barriers, and injuring his back.

After a while on the ground, he remounted and set off to catch riders who had already passed him, to gain second place, just a minute and a half behind the winner, but not before another crash on the last lap, when pushing it too fast for the conditions.

Ives is currently undergoing treatment for a dislodged vertebrae in his lower back as a result of the crash and will not start training for his forthcoming racing season on the road, until that injury has cleared up.

It will be his 57th season of non-stop racing summer and winter. No other British rider has ever done that.