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The Isle of Man is one of the world’s best extreme sports locations with an all weather terrain, remote mountain region, lung bursting cycling ascents, natural running and walking routes and gnarly mountain biking trails and is surrounded by the often brutal Irish sea which offers challenging open water swimming and sea kayaking.

This folklore-filled Island, heavily influenced by both Celtic and Norse cultures, nestles at the very heart of the British Isles. In Manx mythology, the Island was ruled by Manannán mac Lir, a Celtic sea god, who would draw his misty cloak around the Island to protect it from invaders. One theory about the origin of the country’s name (‘Mann’) is that it is named after Manannan.

Famous worldwide for the annual TT Races, the Island is a perfect location for Cycling, Mountain Biking, Running, Walking, Open Water Swimming, Kayaking, Triathlons and Adventure Races. The manXtreme on-line entry system, together with our travel and accommodation partners, are here to open up the best that the Island has to offer including a packed annual calendar of competitive races.

The annual calendar of events

Mountain bike fans can compete in the Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge – a 75km cycle across the Island’s natural trails from one end of the country to the other or battle fatigue in the gruelling ‘Longest Day, Longest Ride’ 24 hour team relay event or the ultra challenging 'Legs of Mann' - a multiple stage event that mixes all the best that MTB has to offer, or the 'Manx 100' - 100 miles or 100k.  Alternatively download our GPS guides or just pick up a map and create your own routes to experience MTB at its best.

The Island’s famous cyclists including World Champion and regular Tour De France stage winner Mark Cavendish and Team Pursuit Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Kennaugh use the Island’s testing road climbs, nicknamed ‘the Manx Alps’, to train for international meetings but there’s everything from lung-bursting ascents to leg stretching ‘café runs’.

Or perhaps you’d like to take part in one of Isle of Man Cycling’s races. These include the 100k round Island ‘Lighthouse’ Sportive, the Appleby Sportive and the Manx National Road Race Championships as well as the local TLI race series.

Other events include the ‘Shoprite’ and ‘Colin Nelson’ Time Trials on the iconic TT course and the ‘Manx Classics’ – The ‘Giro D’Jurby’, the ‘Northern Vuelta’ and the ‘Curraghs Classic’ – all timed and designed to reflect the major European classics – Giro D’Italia, Spanish Vuelta and the Paris-Roubais. You can also experience a ‘Manx Pro Training’ Weekend with some of the Island’s leading coaches.

The annual calendar includes one of the world’s toughest running challenges – The Isle of Man Mountain Ultra - a 31 mile fell race for solo’s or pairs or the more conventional Microgaming Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon. For those that prefer a shorter challenge the three day Easter Running Festival is made up of the Port to Port 10k coastal run between two of the Island’s ports, the fierce Peel hill climb and a 5k team relay on the last day with the option to do all three or just pick your favourite. There’s also a full list of local and 10k runs throughout the year.

Fans of Ultra distance challenges can choose between the Manx Telecom Parish Walk – an 85 mile (or shorter sections) test of mental and physical strength in twenty four hours around all of the Island’s Parishes, the Ramsey Bakery end2end walk – traversing the Island in a 39.5 mile walk in a single day – or the 'TTTriathlon' – an ‘ultra’ distance Triathlon that takes in the Island’s World famous TT course as well as a Douglas bay swim. There’s also a pair of Adventure Races – ‘Race the Sun’ and the ‘Adventure Challenge’ that circumnavigate most of the Island’s Raad Ny Foillan (Way of the Gull) Coastal Path in a day, the 50/50 two day Ultra run across the Isle of Man or the 'Tough Mann' 10k, the Isle of Man's very own mud and obstacle run.  Fans of the sea can experience the refreshing beauty of the Island's water with the ‘Manx Mile’ bay swim as part of the 'Queenie' and Port Erin Bay Festivals.

Competitors will experience the only place in Britain where the seven kingdoms of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Heaven and the Sea can all be seen at the same time.

From training sessions to guided experiences, high level competition or fun runs, the Island’s annual calendar of sports will have something that will give you a challenge.