Now he's undertaking another challenge — swapping the fake tan, glitz and glamour of Strictly for a pair of lycra cycling shorts as he leads a team of charity fundraisers, including some celebrity friends, across the UK on a 12 day tour of England's cricket grounds, all set to coincide with the One Day International series against Australia from September 6-17.
The Chance To Ride will be done in four stages, covering 462 miles in 12 days, starting at the first One Day International at Headingley, Leeds and finishing in London. It is hoped the cycle tour will raise as much money as possible for two charities which are close to his heart — the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine initiative.
“I had the idea about a year ago, I'd been doing it for Laureus for three or four years, as I have been an ambassador for them for eight years, but couldn't do it this year because of my schedule, so I decided to do my own.
“Cycling is not something I do regularly but I have come up with a plan to slot cricket and cycling together and create a fun cross-country cycle ride that will take in the One Day International matches against Australia in September.
Cycling and cricket. What could be better?” Michael has already enlisted the help of former England spin bowler and I'm a celebrity winner Phil Tufnell, Olympic double medallist and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, actress Denise Van Outen and Olympic Champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton.
Now he is busy recruiting 50 fundraisers to join him on each stage of the tour who will raise money for the charities through sponsorship.
“It's open to cyclists of any ability — I'm not great but I can just about get from A to B — anyone can join in, either for all of it or just for one stage,” said Michael.
He and the team of fundraisers will be passing through Stoke on Tuesday, September 10 on the second stage of the tour which begins at Manchester on September 9.
Cycling to Birmingham the day will include an optional time trial speed challenge, during which participants can put to the test skills learned at the National Cycling Centre.
Along with PruProtect, Yorkshire Tea will be sponsoring the event and will be on hand to provide the cuppas for the fundraisers who will be cycling between 80 and 96 miles each day — with Michael working as a commentator for matches in between.
“I go to the gym a lot and I do get biking now and again, but it's quite hard to train for 500 miles, so we will be doing it in stages. There will only be 50 fundraisers taking part at each stage so I will get to know everyone.
“We hope to raise a good amount of money and we will also be doing auctions through the summer on twitter, which is @michaelvaughan.
“I just have to get my head around all the cricket matches too as I'll be working while everyone else on the tour watches the cricket.” Laureus Sport for Good foundation funds sports activities for disadvantaged young people around the world as well as promoting the positive effect that sport has in tackling some of the world’s most challenging social issues — ranging from mental health, HIV/Aids, and substance abuse to crime, social exclusion, and violence. Supporting 140 projects in 34 countries Laureus uses the power of sport.
“Urban Star is one UK project which helps draw kids away from gangs by getting them involved in sports, giving them a new gang.” Michael is also an ambassador for Chance to Shine, which is the Cricket Foundation’s campaign dedicated to keeping cricket alive in state schools.
Before the initiative launched in 2005, fewer than 10 per cent of state schools played competitive cricket, but seven years on Chance to Shine is now the single biggest school sport initiative in the UK with 7,000 schools and 1.8 million children enjoying the benefits of competitive cricket.
Michael admits he is a strong believer in the power of sport to change lives, and through his involvement with these charities has seen the results for himself.
“We all realise the buzz and energy sport provides to the nation, the country is at its best and most vibrant when there is a sporting event such as the Olympics.
“The disciplines you learn in sport are those you need to be successful in life, whether you are in business or teaching, whatever, sports bring you that, sports give you the basics you need for life.” Michael adds he's very excited about the tour which he hopes will be a lot of fun for everyone involved.
“If someone doesn't have the time to commit to the whole tour, a stage is just two-and-a-half days, so you could just join us for a leg or a day — all the information you need is on the website.” “I'm looking forward to people coming to the cricket too — England vs Australia doesn't get much better!” For more information about fundraising for the event call 07867 178 898 or visit www.chancetoride.co.uk.