RIP Mick Ives

Mick Ives: August, 10 1939 – January 18, 2024

Mick Ives has passed away at the age of 84.  He was a force of nature, one of a kind and a true legend in the global cycling community. His profound impact on the sport transcends his impressive competitive achievements as he fostered a legacy of mentorship, innovation, and unyielding passion for cycling. Ives’s passing, confirmed by his longtime friend Rory Hitchens, has left an indelible mark on the cycling world, with tributes pouring in to honor his remarkable life.

He leaves behind his wife Sheila and daughter Angela. Mick was admitted to Coventry Hospital and then the hospice in early October after a series of heart attacks. The doctors became increasingly stunned by his stamina and determination to survive as long beyond what they predicted as possible. He enjoyed defying the odds throughout his illustrious cycling career, right up to his final hours.

Born in Coventry, England, Ives’s career spanned over six decades during which he accumulated an astonishing 81 British Championship titles and eight World Masters Cycling titles. His prowess was not confined to a single cycling discipline. He showcased his versatility and determination by representing Great Britain in road racing, track, time trial, mountain biking, and cyclo-cross, etching his name into the annals of the sport.

Ives’s devotion to cycling was evident until his last days. At 65, he accomplished the formidable feat of completing the Tour de France route solo, taking one day less than the official race. At 78, he took on the challenging 3,400 km Giro D’Italia route, not for personal glory, but to raise funds for charity. This unyielding passion and dedication made him not just a sporting icon, but also a role model for aspiring cyclists worldwide.

Ives’s impact on cycling extended beyond his racing accomplishments. He managed illustrious teams like Peugeot Cycles and Ever Ready, and founded his own team, MI Racing in 1997, which continues to thrive, a testament to his visionary leadership. Known for his experienced training methods and motivational approach, he played a pivotal role in developing both professional and amateur cyclists. Even from his hospice bed, he successfully lobbied for the inclusion of national championship titles and jerseys for the 70+ age category in mountain biking and cyclo-cross.

As tributes flow in from across the globe, Mick Ives’s influence and legacy in the world of cycling remain indomitable. His life serves as an inspiration to the cycling community and his spirit will continue to ride on in the hearts of those he touched.

Tributes, stories and photographs can be shared on the Facebook group “Celebrating Mick Ives the cycling legend” where details of a Coventry gathering to celebrate Mick’s amazing life will be posted in due course.