THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
Whether racing to win, or riding to finish, Gran Fondo Isle of Man is a true test of legs and lungs – one that rewards competitors with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction as they conquer the very leafy lanes and windswept moors that have helped forge the Island’s cycling champion Mark Cavendish. We may delight in designing such a challenge, but we also share the pride our competitors feel when they pull on that finishers medal. Chapeau!
ENJOY MILE AFTER MILE OF CLOSED ROADS RIDING
Gran Fondo Isle of Man boasts 6,500ft of spectacular climbing around a largely closed road course. Clocking in at the slightly modest distance of 82miles, it would be foolish to underestimate the challenging nature of our Grandest Fondo. After all, the Isle of Man’s roads have tested to their limits, some of the world’s greatest cyclists; think Coppi, Simpson, Fignon and Millar.
The Gran Fondo gets underway in style with a mass roll out from Mooragh Park, before the peloton is escorted out of the neutralised zone. 80miles of spectacular and unique racing await our competitors when the flag drops – almost entirely held on closed roads , as well as a an un-surfaced ‘Strade Bianche’ style blast through a forest plantation.
Packed with the Island’s toughest climbs, competitors will be faced with 25% gradients as they conquer each classic ascent – another stunning vista the only reward before plunging towards the sea that flanks those leg breaking hills.
Whether racing to win, or riding to finish, the Isle of Man Cyclefest Gran Fondo is a true test of legs and lungs – one that rewards competitors with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and achievement.
RELAX IN THE RIDERS VILLAGE
The Gran Fondo Isle of Man events will all start and finish in Ramsey’s fabulous Mooragh Park, which will also host the Riders Village.
The Riders Village will feature a range of high quality food and beverage options for riders and their supporters to enjoy, with a giant LED screen showing coverage of stage 15 of The Tour de France; a key mountain stage from Limoux to Foix Prat d’Albis.
The Riders Village will also feature a ‘Service Course’ offering pre ride technical support, massage facilities to ease those post ride aches and pains as well as Race HQ and Medical Facilities.
Meanwhile the park itself boasts excellent leisure facilities which visitors of all ages will appreciate including a 12 acre boating lake, tennis courts, a bowling green, BMX track and a crazy golf course as well as a children’s playground and special water play area.
TRAVEL WITH YOUR BIKE FOR FREE!
So, you fancy pitting yourself against the Manx hills but find yourself the wrong side of the water? Well don’t let that wee stretch of sea put you off visiting our beautiful cycling mad island and enjoying everything that Gran Fondo Isle of Man has to offer. After all, what’s a cycling holiday if you don’t leave the country you’re already pedalling in! Simply hop on to an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company sailing from Heysham or Liverpool (bikes go free!) or bring your car for ultimate freedom. The best place to book ferry only deals is on the website www.steam-packet.com.
And do take a look at our superb travel packages for this year’s Gran Condo Isle of Man. With many years experience working alongside the Island’s leading events, Steam Packet Holidays is ideally placed to cater for your travel and accommodation needs, ensuring your stay is not only enjoyable, but hassle free.
With package prices starting from just £129 per person for a 3 night-break, a visit to this haven for cyclists has never been easier or more affordable. Call one of the team on (0)1624 645777 or visit the website.
For more inspiration for a cycling break to the Isle of Man visit: www.steam-packet.com/Douglas/Cycling