Tour of Italy (Giro D’Italia) Cycle Challenge 2017 (100th edition)

By on Mar 10, 2017 in Cycle Challenge | 10 comments

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In May this year I will be riding the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy. The Giro d’italia is 3,400 km long and takes place over 21 days in May and this year’s see the 100th edition of the race. I will be raising money for 4 charities, Bernados, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and will be sponsored by Jewson, Polypipe and McCann.

The ride is an extraordinary feat for anyone regardless of age but being 77 this makes it if more mind blowing. What an example it sets to the mature cyclists? It demonstrates that age should not be a barrier and the older generation can still achieve a great level of fitness, and still be competitive in their chosen sport or activities, inspiring!

Why this challenge?

In 2005, Mick at the age of 65 became the 1st and still only rider to SOLO ride the exact route of the Tour de France in one day less that the race. In doing so, he raised over £20,000 for Cancer Research.

Now approaching the ripe age of 78, Mick will attempt what he considers his greatest ever cycling challenge, with the aim of raising many thousands of pounds for several UK based charities.

Unlike his 2005 epic, where he slept in a small motorhome, often only getting a few hours sleep at night, and the majority of the logistics carried out by himself, ie, feeding, mechanics, navigation and media responsibilities due partly to finances, however on this occasion he has secured some funding from a selection of sponsors, currently Jewson, Polypipe and McCann are on board and this is likely to increase.

What equipment will be used?

Mick will be riding a Colnago C60 cycle when he tackles the 3,400 km Tour of Italy route in May which has been kindly donated by Ernesto Colnago. In fact, Mr Colnago personally made the paint design..

He will be riding on Vittoria tyres, another iconic Italian name, and will be supported by B.B.B. with a specially designed White and Pink Helmet and Pink Glasses.

The project will be using a Large Double Cab Ford Van, supplied by Jewson, and it will be professionally branded up with sponsors & charities logos.

Several more deals are in the pipeline, in the mean time Mick would like to thank those companies behind his epic challenge and trust that the general public will support his efforts with their kind donations details of which will appear on this web site in next few days.

How can I donate?

Please view our donate page for more information.

Will Mick achieve his goal?

Only time will tell but few riders are more determined to obtain success.

Scot Whitlock (writer, author, editor and TV Documentary maker) will be following every pedal stroke to capture all the highs and lows of the rider. In addition to constant updates on Social Media, websites (CADENCE Cycling and official ride website) Scot will be uploading daily blogs on Mick’s progress. Post ride he will be writing up the whole experience for a selection of cycling and travel publications and producing a paperback book and hardback ‘coffee table’ style publication. We are also currently in talks with SKY’s Bike Channel, the hope is to film the journey for a documentary.

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  1. Martin Twaites

    March 14, 2017

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    Go for it Mick, Glad to see you’re still pushing the pedals. I remember frequenting your shop in Moseley Ave when I was a kid. It was the only proper bike shop in Coventry.

  2. Ang, Dave, Sam, Ollie & Ruby

    May 3, 2017

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    Hope you got there ok and that the first day went well. We’re all thinking of you!

  3. Martyn Baker

    May 4, 2017

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    Mick I’m in total awe at your latest adventure good luck old mate.

  4. The Salmons

    May 18, 2017

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    Keep going Uncle Mick, we all think you must be mad, but are definitely routing for you!!!

  5. Peter Murphy

    May 30, 2017

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    Congratulations Mick,You set such a great example.I have been following the twitter updates and photos and had mails from Scott.
    Big question? When are you home?

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