Mountain bikers will have February 14th in the diaries for two reasons this year – as well as being Valentine’s Day it’s also when entries open for the 2014 Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a 46-mile off-road race from the Point of Ayre to Cregneash which will take place on Sunday September 7. Due to the event’s popularity over the years, organisers are urging participants to sign up at www.manxe2e.org as soon as possible to make sure of their place on the start line. The entry fee is £45 per rider and includes a commemorative technical tee-shirt. Entry plus transport (from Douglas to the start and from the finish back to Douglas) costs £58. Manx Telecom mobile customers will receive a £5 discount on the entry fee.
Kate Evans, Chairperson of the End2End organising committee, said:
“The closing date for entries isn’t until August 23, but the entry list is usually full long before the final closing date. We are limited to a maximum of 1,700 riders so we always advise everyone to sign-up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
For the time first time ever there will be two team prizes. A Corporate Relay event for teams of four colleagues who work for the same company. The first rider will cycle from the Point of Ayre to Brandywell where they hand over to the second rider who will cycle to St Johns. The third relay checkpoint is at Eary Cushlin with the last rider in each relay team riding from there to the finish in Cregneash. The winners will be the team with fastest combined time for all four riders. There will also be a Corporate Team competition with four riders in each team who work for the same company each covering the full race distance. The winners will be the team with fastest combined time for all four riders. Entry fees for both corporate competitions is £350 per team and includes entry fees, food, transport from Douglas to the start at the Point of Ayre, and transport from the finish in Cregneash back to Douglas.
Voirrey Barron, Manx Telecom’s Marketing Communications Manager, said:
“We were really pleased with the success of the 2013 Manx Telecom End2End race – our first as title sponsor. As well as being a great sporting spectacle it’s also a brilliant community occasion with many of the competitors raising funds for charity. We look forward to another exciting race this year and thank the organisers and competitors for all of their hard work and enthusiasm which combine each year to maintain the event’s enduring popularity.”
The 2013 Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge was won by Matt Clinton from the West Midlands, with Manx riders Ed Perry and Elliot Baxter in second and third respectively. Manx Telecom became title sponsor for the End2End in 2013 as part of a three-year deal. The race began in 1996 and is now one of the Island’s most popular mass participation sporting and community events with many riders coming from overseas to take part.