The Isle of Man is to host a three-day cycling festival from next year to celebrate the island’s “unique culture, environment and terrain.”
Cyclefest, to be held in the north of the island, will be an annual festival starting in May 2016 and will include the opening stage of the Pearl Izumi Tour – the first time professional cycling has visited the island in 13 years.
A Pearl Izumi Tour spokesman said: "The Isle of Man is a hotbed of cycling talent.
"Having an Isle of Man stage on our Tour can only add value to the event and hopefully inspire future generations of Manx talent."
"We were proud when they approached us to headline their festival."
Director of Cyclefest, Paul Phillips, said: "We are trying to create a standout experience that can capitalise on the growing popularity of cycling and make a significant contribution to the local economy."
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