Coventry-based veteran cyclist Mick Ives is set to ride the exact route of the 2017 Tour of Italy in a bid to raise vital funds for Barnardo’s, Rainbow Children’s Hospice, Padraic Sweeney Kidney Research and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice. The Giro d’Italia is 3,400km long and takes place over 21 days in May, with 2017 marking the 100th edition of the race.

Mr Ives has won an array of accolades to date, including eight World Masters Cycling Championships, 17 World Championship medals and 79 British Cycling Championships. Off the bike, he has managed the Great Britain team at the World Championships for both cyclo-cross and mountain biking, as well as acting professional team manager for several UK-based teams.

In 2005 and at the age of 65, Mr Ives became the first and only rider to ride the exact route of the Tour de France in one day less than the race. In doing so, he raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research.

Now, approaching the age of 78, Mr Ives will attempt what he considers to be his greatest challenge yet, with the aim of raising money for several UK charities. Jewson, Polypipe and McCann have all pledged to support Mr Ives and sponsor his ride, with more sponsors set to get behind the campaign.