Isle of Man Cyclefest Gran Fondo
Presented by Isle of Man Bank
Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Isle of Man Cyclefest Gran Fondo is at once our racing highlight and toughest challenge, boasting 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 Milntown Estate, before the peloton is escorted through ‘Royal’ Ramsey and out of the neutralised zone. 80miles of spectacular and unique racing await our competitors when the flag drops – almost entirely held on closed roads and special one-way systems, 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 on all sides. These are the very leafy lanes and windswept moors that have helped forge the Island’s champions, an ever-growing list that includes Mark Cavendish and Pete Kennaugh.
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. 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!
69 miles of closed roads
11 miles of one-way roads
6,500 feet of elevation
Fully way-marked route
Marshalling and Police support
Festival wristband for Sunday
Public liability insurance
Electronic timing and live results
Owen Dudley, Zappi’s Racing
Mark Christian, Aqua Blue Sport