Isle of Man to host new cycling festival from 2016

Cyclefest will be a three-day cycling festival and will feature stage one of the Pearl Izumi Tour - the first time professional cycling has been to the island in 13 years

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.”

The small Irish sea island has punched well above its weight in recent years by producing several world class cyclists, including Mark Cavendish and current British champion Peter Kennaugh.

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."

Source: BBC

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.