The Isle of Man Cycling Youth Tour, sponsored by Sleepwell Hotels, is set to provide a boost to the Island’s tourist economy during the usual post-Easter lull.
The event, which is organised by the IOM Cycling Association and has for many years been backed financially and logistically by Sleepwell Hotels, will take place from Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May. The Tour is a major part of the British Cycling Junior Road and Youth Circuit Series, and as a result attracts hundreds of 5 to 18 year old competitors from across the UK, as well as international riders
This year sees a record number of entries for the three day event, which includes routes in Douglas, Peel, Ellerslie and Ramsey. The Isle of Man Youth Tour is the only open road racing event of the British Junior Series, which makes it a unique and exciting prospect for many young local and British cyclists. Past winners of the overall junior classification include Manxman and British Olympic Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh.
Mark Wilson is the Managing Director of the event sponsor Sleepwell Hotels, who provide cash funding, organisational support, subsidised rider and family accommodation and catering for a Gala presentation at the Villa Marina. He explained why the company has provided such extensive backing for the Tour: “This is a fantastic annual event that not only helps to develop local youth cyclists, but also provides a showcase of the Isle of Man to a significant UK and European audience. The event continues to go from strength to strength and we are extremely proud to be involved in supporting an exceptional organising team. I must add that there is also a broader value for the local economy that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Youth Tour contributes over 1,500 bed nights to local hotels over this weekend every year, in turn bringing additional travel, retail and leisure spend. It embraces our great cycling heritage and the natural beauty of the Island and utilises our ability to provide safe, challenging road racing whilst bringing a substantial boost to the Island’s economy. As such, it is a model sporting event for further developing the Island’s visitor economy.”
Sleepwell Hotels is engaged in a number of projects to help attract more visitors to the Island, including Manx National Heritage package holidays and their multi-million pound refurbishment of the Claremont.
More information is available at www.iomyouthtour.com