Isle of Man Cyclefest Gran Fondo Presented by Isle of Man Bank

– Sunday 14th May 2017

The racing highlight of Isle of Man Cyclefest – a round-island 80 mile Gran Fondo 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.

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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 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.

Event Highlights

– 85 miles
– 6,500 feet of elevation
– 60 miles of closed roads
– 20 miles of one way roads
– Rider pack posted out prior to the event – no need to sign on
– Free Sunday access wristband to Isle of Man Cyclefest
– Fully way marked route
– Fully marshaled route
– Police support at major junctions
– Medical support
– Rider public liability insurance
– Electronic timing with seven interval points and live results on line
– Timed King and Queen of the Mountain’s Competition over three times climbs
– Well stocked Feed Zone
– Broom Wagon vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
– Pro style finish at Milntown Estate
– Event photography
– £5,100 prize fund
– Post event massage
– Finishers Medal

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