Entries for the 2014 Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge are coming in thick and fast with the start list already past the 1,000 mark in just over a month. Organisers are now urging anyone who wants to take part in the race on September 7 to sign-up as soon as possible. Kate Evans, Chairperson of the End2End organising committee, said:
“Entries opened on February 14, and although the closing date isn’t until August 23 we are expecting the race to be full long before then. We are limited to a maximum of 1,700 riders, and with well over 1,000 already signed-up the event could be fully subscribed within the next few weeks. That’s great news for us as it shows the increasing popularity of the Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge, but anyone who wants to be part of this great sporting and community event needs to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
The Manx Telecom End2End Mountain Bike Challenge is a 46-mile off-road race from the Point of Ayre to Cregneash. Participants can sign up at www.manxe2e.org – the entry fee is £45 per rider and includes a commemorative 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.
The race will also feature a Corporate Sponsored Relay event for teams of four (riders don’t need to 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 Teams competition with four riders in each team 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.
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.