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Sheffield Ashes hero Michael swaps bat for bike

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan poses for a picture with children from Chance to Shine, to launch the Michael Vaughan Charity Bike Ride to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Chance to Shine, on January 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for Laureus)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan poses for a picture with children from Chance to Shine, to launch the Michael Vaughan Charity Bike Ride to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Chance to Shine, on January 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images for Laureus)

HE’S faced the mighty Aussies and tripped the light fantastic in front of millions of TV viewers.

Now Sheffield’s Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan is getting on his bike - to undertake a mammoth ride to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine initiative.

Michael, who now lives in Baslow and who famously inspired the England cricket team to their memorable 2005 Ashes victory, has confirmed that he will be leading a team of charity fundraisers on the ride.

The route will take them on a 12-day tour of England cricket grounds to coincide with the One Day International series against Australia in September.

Starting with the first One Day International at Headingley in Leeds, Michael’s peloton will route via Old Trafford in Manchester, Edgbaston in Birmingham, the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff and the Aegeas Bowl in Southampton, before finishing in London.

Michael, who showed an entirely different side of his character as he reached the ninth week of TV show Strictly Come Dancing, said: “I loved taking part in Strictly. It was terrific fun and incredibly hard work.

“This is going to be a seriously different challenge but I am really looking forward to it. I’ll be cycling 462 miles over 12 days and that is not going to be easy but these are two really good causes.

“For more than a decade Laureus has been using sport as the means to help improve the lives of young people and it now reaches 34 countries. Since it started, Laureus has helped more than one-and-a-half million kids and supports around 140 sports-based community projects around the world.

“Chance to Shine is keeping cricket alive in schools. Over the past seven years it has brought competitive cricket and educational benefits to nearly two million young people.”

 

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