Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to have secured one of Scotland’s most sought after live acts. Winners of the “Up and Coming Act of the Year” at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2014, The Elephant Sessions are a Neo-Trad quintet that combine their ceilidh-esque sound with undertones of ska, rock and funk.
Already renowned for their energetic and engaging live shows, 2014 saw the band climb to new heights with the release of their debut album: The Elusive Highland Beauty. Showcasing the band’s progressive blend of intricate melodies, engulfing guitars, monsterous funky bass and infectious drum grooves, it is a hugely impressive debut that was met with a wave of critical acclaim.
– Festival Wristbands and Cycling Entries on sale now for May 2017 event
Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank returns in May 2017 with a new line up featuring the best mass participation cycling, music and family entertainment, as well as a diverse mix of local artisan food, in the grounds of the stunning Milntown Estate on the outskirts of Ramsey.
The 2017 event will open with a community day in and around Ramsey town centre on Friday 12th May featuring the Sure Schools Challenge for local year 5 and 6 students and the Big Ride with Rebecca House, offering closed roads riding for children and families around a specially constructed course.
The action moves to Milntown Estate for the rest of the weekend with the Isle of Man Cyclefest Championship getting underway with the lung bursting Storm the Tower Hill Climb powered by Isle of Man Creamery on the morning of Saturday 13th May. That’s followed by the Battle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike Race on Saturday afternoon before concluding with the closed road 85 mile Gran Fondo, with over 6500ft of climbing and three PokerStars King and Queen of the Mountain ascents including the notorious Injebreck, on Sunday 14th May.
Four days of incredible professional and mass participation cycling reached their climax with yesterday’s gruelling 80 mile round Island Isle of Man Bank Gran Fondo.
The race was the culmination of the two day Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank Championship and saw over 400 competitors leaving the start line at the Milntown Estate at 10am for the full Competition distance race or the shorter 22 mile Piccolo Fondo.
The race was won by seventeen year old Manx rider Owen Dudley who followed up his sensational ride in the opening day’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series pro race by completing the course in a time of 3:51.59 from fellow guest Isle of Man Cyclefest Tour Series teammates Robin Garry (3:52.00), also from the Isle of Man and Newcastle Under Lyme’s Martin Ford.
Ford had the consolation of winning the prestigious PokerStars King of the Mountain for his timed ascent of the three main climbs – Druidale, Round Table and Injebreck with a particularly notable climb on the latter (9:23).
Two-time Pearl Izumi Tour Series champions JLT Condor presented by Mavic got their 2016 campaign off to a perfect start in the Isle of Man with a pair of team wins in Ramsey in both the Team Time Trial and criterium.
The brace of wins mark the 20th and 21st victories for the team, who have competed in every edition of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to date, and won the title in 2011 and 2014.
The night was rounded off with further success for the men in black as Chris Lawless took the individual race win in the criterium, and former World Track Champion Alex Frame the Brother Fastest Lap award on his debut in the Series.
Over one thousand cyclists will take to courses in Ramsey and around the Island for the inaugural four-day Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank, which begins today in Ramsey.
The festival opens with the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, the unique team based, televised race Series, which start its eighth season at the one mile Mooragh Park circuit in Ramsey.
Last year’s Champions Madison Genesis will be hoping to defend their title but aiming to take the fight to them will be the JLT Condor presented by Mavic team, who should they come out on top after the ten events would become the first team to claim a hat trick of titles, having won overall in 2011 and 2014. Other teams taking part in the series include NFTO, Pedal Heaven, Team Raleigh GAC and Team WIGGINS.
Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank has confirmed the line up of its guest team in the opening round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series Race in Ramsey on Thursday 12th May.
The five man team, which will be managed by Isle of Man Cyclefest ambassador Andrew Roche and coached by Andrew and fellow ambassador Rob Holden, features four riders from the Isle of Man and experienced Planet X Northside rider Martin Ford from Newcastle under Lyme.
The Cyclefest team includes two 17 year olds – Conor Davies who has won a Junior Revolution Series Race for Team Wiggins and the Isle of Man Cycling Association rider Owen Dudley. Robin Garry, who rides for team Isle of Man and finished 28th in the recent Manx International GP and Pedal Heaven rider Tom Mazzone, who was runner up in the Pontefract Grand Prix, complete the line up.
Manx Radio’s dedicated Isle of Man Cyclefest Radio station will be the best way to keep up to date with all of the action for the new four-day Cycling festival. The station will be broadcasting live from Ramsey for the whole of the inaugural event.
The station will provide full live commentary from the Pearl Izumi Tour Series Races including interviews with the leading riders and post race interviews as well as live commentary of all of the other events from around the Mooragh Park circuit.
Sports presenter Tim Glover will anchor the station’s Tour Series coverage with race commentary from cycling fanatics Chris Boyde and Jon Moss while Jo Pack, Marc Tyley and Clive McNeill, better known for his motorcycle commentary on Eurosport, will provide updates from around the festival.
The station will be following the weekend’s Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank Championship races and their intrepid team will be in the lead course car for Sunday’s climax to the festival – the Isle of Man Cyclefest Gran Fondo – as well as at the top of the three PokerStars ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of the Mountain climbs and will be providing up to the minute race status from the live timing data from iomcyclefest.com.
The station’s commentary team will also be reporting from the key vantage points of Saturday’s Battle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike Race and the Storm the Tower Hill Climb Powered by the Isle of Man Creamery.
In addition Manx Radio’s outside broadcast unit, led by technician Bob Allinson, will establish a station HQ at the weekend’s festival at Milntown Estate, broadcasting interviews, features and all the best bits from the music and family entertainment festival. The station will also be the best place for up to the minute information on road closures.
You can listen to Manx Radio’s pop-up Cyclefest Channel on AM1368, on line at manxradio.com, on Manx Radio’s iPhone and android apps and on 100.6 fm around Mooragh Park and Milntown gardens.
Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank has confirmed support from leading building supplier Jewson for the inaugural festival, which will be held in May 2016. The company has over 600 branches in the British Isles including one on Gardeners Lane in Ramsey.
Jewson will become an official sponsor for the event and will also be the title sponsor of the Jewson Team Relay, which will feature corporate, social and sports teams. The team of five will each race independently in a relay situation around the same 1 mile closed road Mooragh Park Course Park that the professionals tackled the previous day in the opening round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, which the Isle of Man is hosting for the first time this year. All five riders times will contribute to the team’s overall finishing position.
The 52-page full colour programme for Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank, produced by Mannin Media, is now on sale.
The glossy comprehensive souvenir guide to the inaugural four day festival has all the information you’ll need to enjoy this spectacular cycling extravaganza including a detailed daily timetable of what’s on where and when, stunning photography, maps of all of the race courses and a full competitor list for the Isle of Man Cyclefest Championship races.