Ian Brown – Honorary Patron of MUG Ian is married to Jan and has two adult daughters, Amelia and Alice. Ian is the founder and Director of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop. Ian’s passion for cycling began whilst he was at school, and he raced road bikes between 1975 and 2001. During this time, he represented Guernsey at two Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh – Scotland 1986 and Auckland – New Zealand 1990). Ian also raced for Great Britain in 1989 and 1990 competing amongst the world’s finest cyclists with World and Olympic champions amongst them. He was a representative cyclist for Guernsey at seven Island games up to the Isle of Man in 2001 when Ian finally hung up his racing bikes. Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop and cyclists have always had an affinity with charitable causes and particularly Les Bourgs Hospice. The Rock to Rocque round the island bicycle ride has been raising funds for Les Bourgs for over thirty years and has always been supported by Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop. In 2008 Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop started the 30 in 30 cycle challenge for Les Bourgs, participants riding their bike for one hour each day for 30 consecutive days. The challenge has raised one million pounds for Les Bourgs Hospice. Each year 30 in 30 is synonymous with a colour and 2011 it was pink. That year one of the participants was Trevor Kelham. During the 2011 challenge Trevor discussed with Ian an idea of a Pink Man event to compliment the fantastic and inspirational work and funds raised by the amazing Pink Ladies and their biannual sunset walk. Since then, Trevor’s idea has become MUG, Male Uprising in Guernsey, which was launched in February 2012 with the first ever MUG Mountain Bike coastal ride from Vale Castle to Saumarez Park taking place in October 2012. In that time MUG has raised over one million pounds and contributed in so many ways to improve diagnosis, research, testing, support and equip the specialists with the facilities which in turn has improved the outcomes and treatment of cancer patients here in Guernsey.
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