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Manx 100

MOUNTAIN BIKING event on Sunday 28th July 2013

The event was set up to provide people looking for the next step up from the popular End to End race held annually on the Isle of Man. Be under no illusions - this is a tougher event and is for experienced Mountain bikers only.


Thanks to the combination of mapping software and good local knowledge 161km, or 100 miles of great trails were found.  Although not the first 100 mile event, it is unique in both its point to point nature and its incredible physical challenge of 15k feet of climbing.  That’s more than half way up Mount Everest! The same marrying of technical and local also gave us a round 100km course at a nice finishing point and so the “easier” option of the 100km route has also become a reality for 2013. 
Both courses will throw in everything that the Manx Mountain bike scene has to offer; natural trails, substantial single track, fire roads, technical sections, steep climbs and sheer descents, rock face and boulders, loose scree and wet, muddy remote moorland paths.


We use live GPS trackers from Manx Telecom Limited. The 2012 event was fascinating - watching the riders on the screen as you could see what was happening, how certain riders bunched together, and amazing to watch a “race” develop (starting within 2 miles of the start!!) over the 100 miles where it was nip and tuck between a local, Julian Corlett and Mark McPhillips, local knowledge and a lack of punctures meaning that Julian was the fastest over the day – completing the event in 11 hours 10 minutes, with Mark 15 minutes or so back.


Many of the competitors choose to be self sufficient and self reliant, carrying all of the equipment and food and drink that they need for the day but it isn't compulsory and support crews are welcome to join you on the route.  In addition, there is a bag drop option. The 2012 Manx 100 (100k and 100 mile) Courses (2013 remains in the closet until the week before the event)

The 2012 route began with a 7am start at the Point of Ayre.  To warm you up there is a road section finishing just outside Ramsey (and a cheeky bit of singletrack to keep you on your toes).  Offroad begins at Sky Hill Plantation, followed by a very quick technical descent down the Rollick Road.  The next ascent takes you to the top of Ohio plantation before a flat out blast down to the grass lands of the Curraghs.  Next Ballacubberagh plantation leads onto the Race of the North singletrack descent where technical skills were  tested to the full. 


Finally you reach Ballaugh and can start the first ascent of the iconic end-to-end event – Ballacob.  This takes you along the spine of the island and down the hair raising rollercoaster descent into Brandywell.  Along and then down the rocky, rutty and muddy Millenium Way to St Lukes church before some low level tracks drag you back to the ascent up Cronk Breck.  The Glion Gill fireroad section beckons with its highspeed rough fireroad before the extremely technical descent full of loose rocks known as the Dowse.  


Once at the bottom, a quick section of tarmac takes you to Cronk y Voddy and then turning into and down the Mannannan’s chair track, with its mud and puddles.  Finally that spits you out after a rocky finale onto the Switchback road and a blast down the Staarvey White brings you out in St Johns.  A quick swoop through the Tynwald Mills shopping experience and a blast on the old railway line brings you out onto a small road section, before turning left and up Barnell, a wide open track.  This gives way to “Babies Heads” where the rocks are the size of, heads of babies.  At the end of here, you descend Slieauwhallian with its fantastic down hill chutes and singletrack.  At the bottom of here you have reached 100km or 60 miles and the finish of the shorter course event. 


The 100 mile entrants will then continue on the rest of their course, experiencing a steep drop into the river crossing at St Johns which will take you along to the Kennaa back road before you head up to the old mines at Archallagan before plunging back down to the railway line.  A quick blast along here and you are ready to attack Ballacotch, a farm lane, followed by Chibbanagh plantation and a run down the “gun club”.  From here, it is into Stoney Mountain plantation before turning left onto Renshent which is rocky, and always wet. 


Crossing the road, the riders took on South Barrule plantation, before heading into Corlea plantation and then up the “traverse”, a technical ascent with many gullies and puddles to lose your tyre(s) in.  A straight-forward downhill section on the Whisky Run takes you to a run into the Cringle plantation.  At the top of here is a respite as you descend on the road for a mile or so before turning right and heading up Earystane plantation.  From here it is over to the Pipeline descent, opening with a wide open run before it funnels you into some steep bare rock slabs and spews you out at the pipes. 


Across the valley and up Glen Rushen plantation,Eary Cushlin is your next target before the descent of the Sloc on great  singletrack.  You finish this off with the descent into Surby, and then a quick singletrack section at Ballafessan before heading through Port Erin and finally up “Mansell’s hill” before finally taking the descent to the Sound and the end of the ride.  100 miles.  The last rider in 2012 finished with 5 minutes to spare before the sun sank over the horizon taking 14 hours 15 minutes to complete the event. You can find out more at www.manxmtb.com or on facebook at “the manx 100”.