CYCLING: Mick Ives’ rides 69 miles in two hours

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Fundraising ride for Injured Jockeys Fund

Baginton’s veteran world cycling champion, Mick Ives undertook yet another of his fundraising rides - this time at Cheltenham Races on Wednesday Evening, riding for two hours.

The 72-year-old recorded the unbelievable distance of 69.29 miles, raising £2,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Mick has, over the years raised a total of over £50,000 on his own, for different charities, but the I.J.F. is very close to his heart , as he was brought up in Hunting and Racing stable life, and in his youth wanted to be a National Hunt Jockey.

The Horse Racing world now call him the A.P.McCoy of Cycling, and this is the 2nd Fund Raising Ride he has done for the I.J.F. in past 12 months.

Mick said: “Cycle Racing is a tough sport, and riders take great risks at times, but nothing compares with the dangers and risks that National Hunt Jockeys have to endure, they are a special breed - they don’t get a tap on the shins and carried off on a stretcher, like some professional sportsmen.

“Nine times out of 10 they bounce back after a heavy fall and 15 minutes later are racing again, but when they have a bad fall, its really bad, and its my contribution to these tough sportsmen/women, who provided so many people with so much pleasure.”