[caption id="attachment_15886" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Tony Kiss descending Ballure[/caption]
The route is one single lap, taking in most of the Central and Northern trails that the Isle of Man has to offer, with amazing views of the Isle of Man, Ireland and the United Kingdom along the way. The 100 mile option takes into account 61km of further Central and Southern tracks and involves 16,000 feet of climbing.
[caption id="attachment_15889" align="aligncenter" width="256"] Matt Jones taking in the Baltic ascent.[/caption]
The Manx 100 was launched in 2012 when 12 intrepid riders took on the course. At that time the course was a point to point (Point of Ayre to the Sound). By 2014, it had developed into a single lap route to accommodate the growing numbers of riders… and so the "round Island"route was born, beginning and ending at the iconic TT Grandstand. …and they are off!
[caption id="attachment_15891" align="aligncenter" width="374"] Nigel Morris on the start line, before the morning
Manx 2016 saw over 140 riders take on the challenge of the 100 miles, 100 kilometres - and new for 2016 - 50 kilometres (run over the final 50km of the Manx 100 (mile) event. Behind the scenes the management team were in discussion with British Cycling over the 2017 Marathon Championship event. As a result of these discussions, we are delighted to announce that the outcome was successful and that Manx 100 will be the premier Marathon event for 2017!
As the event is being run as the British Cycling Championship, race entry cannot be opened until 1st January 2017 as you require a valid British Cycling race licence (which are in calendar years) to enter the British Championship event. So on 1st January 2017 you will be able to enter the Manx 100 (miles), the Manx 100 km (British Cycling Marathon Championship), the Manx 100 km (Open event) and the Manx 50 km. Entry for these will be solely on the British Cycling website. All events will be held on 30th July 2017 and begin at 06:30 as always.
More information is available over at www.manx100.com as well as on the inevitable Facebook and other social media pages. This exciting development could not have been achieved without the fantastic support received from many government departments – Department of Environment, Forestry & Agriculture, Department of Economic Development, Department of Infrastructure, the Police and local Corporations. Of equal importance is that none of this could have been achieved without the excellent support from the Island community and the marshals and back office people who are the people who ‘make it happen’.
The Isle of Man Cycling Association is fully behind the event and Richard Fletcher, chairman of the association commented
"This is a fantastic achievement for Nigel and his team and the Isle of Man in general. We look forward to working with British Cycling, Nigel and his team over the coming year".
Any queries please call Nigel on 07624 473388 or 01624 683218