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Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank

CYCLING event on Friday 13th May 2016 to Sunday 15th May 2016

A major new event is coming to the Isle of Man in May 2016; Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank. Based in the north of the Island, the spectacular Milntown Estate is your hub for three days of epic challenges and cycle-based fun. With events for all types of cyclists young and old, this truly is a festival for all velo-lovers.

Meanwhile the addition of the televised Pearl Izumi Tour Series brings a large dose of incredible pro-peloton action and prestige to the streets of Ramsey.

Cyclefest is not just for cyclists, however, so come and soak up the unique festival atmosphere in the grounds at Milntown. Here you can enjoy activities for all the family, with fantastic live music and entertainment for kids large and small. Delicious food and drink, including scrummy local produce and home bakes will fuel your day, and fascinating exhibits and displays will fire your imagination.

Bursting into life on Friday evening, Isle of Man Cyclefest lets you get up close and personal to the professional peloton as the frenetic Pearl Izumi Tour Series comes to the streets of Ramsey!

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is the UK’s premier domestic cycling series featuring nine professional teams and the UK’s leading national level elite riders.

Isle of Man Cyclefest will host the opening round of this prestigious series so get ready for an evening of fierce elbow-to-elbow racing as these gladiatorial sportsmen do battle on the island.

Cyclefest’s mountain bike race will start and finish at Milntown Estate and boasts a leg-breaking ascent of nearby Sky Hill, site of the bloody battle between the Manx and the invading Vikings in 1079.

Competitors wind their way around the hill’s contours before descending through its challenging forest-lined single-track network. With hazards and obstacles at every turn, the Battle of Sky Hill will ensure a worthy victor pulls on the first of Cyclefest’s leader’s Yellow Jerseys.

Cyclefest’s unique take on the traditional British hill climb gives our budding cyclists the opportunity to race against the clock on the iconic TT Motorcycle Course.

Held over 1.5 miles of this world-famous ribbon of tarmac, competitors will power themselves in lung-bursting fashion, out of Ramsey, and up past the Albert Tower, built to commemorate the visit of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

Finishing at 700ft above sea level, riders get to soak up the stunning view out over the sea to England and Scotland, but only once they’ve taken the chequered flag!

Featuring five incredible climbs and a stunning 72 mile route, the Isle of Man Cyclefest Sportive is tough enough to go head to head with any event. In keeping with our Manx heritage, however, we like to do things a little different. Our sportive will not only be one of just a handful of closed-roads events in the British Isles, but will also feature un-surfaced forest roads and boast a processional ride out under blue lights.

With industry goodies on offer for the ‘King and Queen of the Mountains’, we expect a fiercely fought competition over our challenging roads. And for the less energetic, we have a family-friendly 25-mile course to encourage all-comers out into the beautiful Manx countryside.

In a very rare chance for young cyclists to race on the same bill as their heroes, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series races will be preceded by a race for juniors. Friday night also sees the mass-participation Big Ride with Rebecca House, the Children’s Hospice. Open to local cyclists, families and visitors alike, everybody is encouraged to take to our town centre course, on all manner of bicycles, and in costume or vintage dress for this fun-filled event.

Families shouldn’t miss our family-friendly sportive either. Held on Sunday morning, this event promises to introduce everyone to the unbeatable experience of cycling in the Island’s stunning countryside.