Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 49

July 2017| 49 The Isle of Man - FOR THE PERFECT CYCLING EXPERIENCE Clear roads, challenging climbs, home of heroes. T he Isle of Man’s beautifully diverse countryside makes it a haven for cyclists, from absolute beginners to the most hardened of road racers and mountain bikers. Sitting in the heart of the Irish Sea, the island is easy to reach with sailings from Heysham, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. And when you travel by ferry there is no charge for bringing your bicycle, so there’s no excuse for leaving the bike at home! The island has a strong cycling heritage, producing riders like Olympic gold medallist Peter Kennaugh and multiple Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish, and when you see the miles of demanding roads and challenging off-road tracks you’ll understand why. Olympic Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh ISLE OF MAN CYCLING EVENTS 2017 • British Cycling National Road Championships 22nd - 25th June • Longest Day Longest Ride 1st - 2nd July • Lighthouses Challenge 9th July • Manx 100 – British Cycling National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships 30th July • End2End Mountain Bike Challenge 10th September • Isle of Man Cycle Challenge 23rd September Whether you prefer to stay on the roads or venture into the countryside you will be treated to stunning scenery and breath-taking views. With such spectacular routes it is no wonder the Isle of Man is regularly selected to host top events, like this year’s British Cycling National Road Championships and British Cycling National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships. Whatever your level you’ll find a route to suit. Enjoy the sea air as you cycle the length of the promenade in the capital of Douglas, or test yourself )ѡՕa]э́ ɕd쁄ͽȵչхɅݥѠ)ɔѡȰЁ)ɽѡЁѕɅѡѠѼѡɕѡQP5չх)͔Ĺܸѕ̰ݥչɽ́)͍́ѡЁЁѡՅݽɱ́ѽɍ危QPɽɅ̀)ѡɗéɽєѼեЁɥ̸ٕ́ͭ)QԁѡЁȁ危٥ͥЁѼѡ%ͱ5)հɵѥե́Ѽɕɽѕ́ɔم)Ѽݹɽܹѕй՝̽ 危)]%8) I,=HQ]<)Q