The Countdown to the 2016 Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank has well and truly begin with only 100 days to go until the first bike rolls onto the specially constructed mile long course around Mooragh Park that will host the opening round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.

The inaugural four day Cycling Festival in the Isle of Man will see competitors of all ages and abilities test themselves in a series of races and challenges.  The festival kicks off with two days of closed circuit criterium races around Mooragh Park including the spectacle of professional team cycling with the Pearl Izumi Tour Series as well as a packed schedule of School, Community and Corporate races on the same closed road course.

The action then moves to the Milntown Estate, the hub for the three Isle of Man Cyclefest Championship Races as well as home of the Cyclefest Festival featuring the best live music, artisan food and spectacular stunt riders that the Island has to offer.

The Championship gets underway with the Battle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike race, a fast, furious technically challenging off road test on the morning of Saturday 14 May followed by Cyclfest’s own unique twist on the traditional British Hill Climb, the lung-bursting 1.5 mile Storm the Tower fuelled by Isle of Man Creamery’ Hill Climb up a closed road section of the Isle of Man TT Course.

The undoubted highlight of the Championship, and its climax, will be the round Island 80 mile Gran Fondo. Organisers will release full details of the course and route this Thursday but with virtually the whole course on closed or one-way roads, it is expected to provide one of the most spectacular cycling experiences in the British Isles in 2016.

Competitors will be racing to win or just riding to finish as, as well as overall men’s and women’s prizes, there is also the title of King and Queen of the Mountain, based on sector times up the three main course climbs, which form the large part of the 6,500ft of climbing that the Gran Fondo competitors will encounter during the day.

Full championship and individual on-line race entries, as well as travel and accommodation packages, are available at www.granfondoiom.com with entries closing on Thursday 31 March 2016.