Inspired by Valentine’s Day and to celebrate its third year the Isle of Man CC (Cycling Challenge) is embracing all non-motorised cycles with categories now for velomobiles, tricycles, recumbents and fixies. The first 100 riders to sign up also receive a free IOMCC t-shirt, which until now have only been given to the volunteer TT Marshalls.
The Isle of Man CC is the only sportive for cyclists on the historic (and beautifully smooth) tarmac of motorsport’s legendary Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. IOMCC riders get to register at the TT Grandstand, start and finish from the pit lane and ride one, two or three laps of the 37.7 mile course either solo or as part of a relay team (one lap per rider). Those who take on all 3 laps – the most popular choice for both club cyclists and charity fundraisers – face 113.2 miles with 6396 feet (1949 metres) of ascent up the famous Mountain Mile.
Registration is now open until Wednesday 24 September on the Isle of Man CC website (www.isleofmancc.com), where there is also a schedule of events, live Facebook feeds and a page dedicated to the cycling history of the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man CC is designed and run by Greenrock Ltd who also organise the ultracycling event The RACE (Race across Europe, www.theraceacrosseurope.com), a San Francisco to Los Angeles bike ride along the Californian Pacific Coastal Highway and Into Thin Air, an epic high-altitude bicycle tour on the world’s highest motorable road in the Himalayas led by Laura Mearns, the author of Himalaya by Bike.
- Date – Saturday 27 September 2014 (the Isle of Man TT is 24 May to 6 June 2014)
- Venue – Douglas, Isle of Man
- Cost of entry – £35 (one lap), £45 (two laps), £55 (three laps)
- Website – www.isleofmancc.com
- Social media – www.facebook.com/isleofmancc (over 1000 followers already) & www.twitter.com/isleofmancc #isleofmancc