The Isle of Man is set to host one of the best cycling experiences in the British Isles in 2016. The four-day Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank event, which runs from 12 to 15 May 2016, features two days of Criterium racing around a 1-mile course, which includes the televised professional Pearl Izumi Tour Series, followed by two days of mass participation closed road and off road cycling.

The weekends mass participation schedule consists of the Battle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike Race and the closed road 1.5 mile Storm the Tower fuelled by Isle of Man Creamery Hill Climb on Saturday 15 May, before the racing highlight – a round-island 80 mile Gran Fondo on Sunday 16th May, which features over 6,500ft of climbing around a largely closed road course.

The Gran Fondo gets under way with a ‘ceremonial’ start from historic Milntown Estate followed by over 60 miles of spectacular and unique closed road racing, and a further 20 miles on specially designated one-way roads, as well as a short un-surfaced ‘Strade Bianche’ forest road section.

The Gran Fondo route circumnavigates the Island’s Northern plains as a warm up for the first real test; the climb out of Ballaugh Glen known as Druidale. The route will then take riders towards the west of the Island before heading up the beautiful but brutal Round Table climb.

The Gran Fondo gets under way with a ‘ceremonial’ start from historic Milntown Estate followed by over 60 miles of spectacular and unique closed road racing, and a further 20 miles on specially designated one-way roads, as well as a short un-surfaced ‘Strade Bianche’ forest road section.

The Gran Fondo route circumnavigates the Island’s Northern plains as a warm up for the first real test; the climb out of Ballaugh Glen known as Druidale. The route will then take riders towards the west of the Island before heading up the beautiful but brutal Round Table climb.

The final test is the toughest of them all. Considered to be the hardest climb on the Isle of Man, and featuring in Simon Warren’s infamous ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’, the mighty Injebreck, pictured above, which has rarely been offered in a closed road cycling race experience, should prove to be the decisive test in the Isle of Man Gran Fondo.  The gruelling Gran Fondo challenge also features in a separate ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of the Mountains competition over the timed ascents of the three major climbs.

The festival also features a weekend entertainment programme at the historic Milntown Estate that includes artisan food offerings, stunt shows, live music and a packed schedule of family activities. Every entrant gets one free weekend festival pass worth £9.

Entries for the Mountain Bike Race, the Hill Climb and the different Gran Fondo classifications are on-line at www.iomcyclefest.com, with prices from £15, and tickets can also be purchased for non-competitors for the Milntown based entertainment festival. Entries for all events close on the 31st of March.

Paul Phillips, Director, Isle of Man Cyclefest, commented:

“Isle of Man Cyclefest offers competitors the chance to enjoy and experience the Island’s spectacular scenery alongside an incredible, unique sporting challenge. The course we have designed for the Gran Fondo is unlike any other proposed event in the British Isles, offering cyclists the chance to race competitively on closed roads or just to enjoy riding a bicycle to your own limits.”