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CYCLING

Three legs, two wheels, one passion: Isle of Man cycling

The Isle of Man has produced some of the world's leading cyclists including World and Tour De France Stage Green Jersey and multiple stage winner  Mark Cavendish and London 2012 Olympic Team Pursuit Pete Kennaugh, World U23 bronze medalist Johnny Bellis, Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist Mark Christian and former two time national road race champion Steve Joughin.

Many of the local cyclists skills were honed on the Island's roads in Isle of Man Cycling's annual calendar of races. Highlights include  two of the UK’s best Sportives, a 'Nocturne' series  around one of the Island's coastal towns  and two TT Mountain Course time trials ('Shoprite' and 'Colin Nelson') as well as the Island's National Championships. 

All of Isle of Man Cycling endorsed events are open events for riders of any standard. Many of the world’s leading professional cyclists, including the current batch of Manx professionals, have progressed through these events and a number may participate if their calendars permit.

Many of the world's leading cyclists have also competed on the Isle of Man including Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddie Merckx, Tom Simpson, Barry Hoban, former World Hour record holder Graham Obree, double Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon, Sean Kelly, Kazakhstan’s Olympic Road race champion Alexander Vinokourov, Robert Miller and David Millar. Chris Boardman holds the record for the Mountain Course Time Trial at 1:23.54. This 37¾ stretch of public road is one of the most famous circuits in the world, not only for the Isle of Man TT Races but also as one of the courses that formed International Cycle Week that ran on the Isle of Man between 1936 and 2003.

However, outside the main racing calendar the Isle of Man is also the perfect place to train. Cycling is in our nations DNA and the deserted roads, climbs and scenic coastal runs are well suited to getting training miles in your legs.

For downloadable maps of some of the Island's best Cycling routes go to www.visitisleofman.com/activeguides

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