About MUG

Ian Brown Honorary Patron and Event Coordinator

Ian Brown

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 Grammar 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. In both of those years he rode the Tour of Normandy 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, in particular, Les Bourgs Hospice. "The Rock to Rocque round the island bicycle ride has been raising funds for Les Bourgs for over twenty-five years or so has always had our support" Ian says. In 2008 Ian Brown's Cycle Shop started the 30 in 30 challenge for Les Bourgs, participants riding their bike for one hour each day for 30 consecutive days. The 30 in 30 is limited to 50 participants but nearly £700,000 has been raised since 2008.

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 bi annual sunset walk. Since then Trevor's idea has become MUG, Male Uprising in Guernsey, which was launched in February 2012 with the first ever Mountain Bike coastal ride from Vale Castle to Saumarez Park in October 2012. In that time MUG has raised over £1M and contributed in so many ways to improve diagnosis, research, testing, support and equip the specialists with the facilities to improve outcomes and treatment of cancer patients here in Guernsey.