The Isle of Man will host the Pearl Izumi Tour Series for the next three years, it was announced today.
Forming part of next year’s inaugural Isle of Man Cyclefest – that also includes a challenging 80-mile, closed-road Gran Fondo – the island’s second largest town of Ramsey will host the opening round of the 2016 series on May 13.
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Officials from organiser SweetSpot visited the island last month, and were that impressed that they awarded the festival organiser with an extended contract – before any pedal stroke had been made.
“Following our visit to the Isle of Man to meet the team and recce the proposed course we were hugely impressed with both the Isle of Man and the professionalism, knowledge and proposals from the Isle of Man Cyclefest organising team,” said SweetSpot director Alastair Grant.
Madison-Genesis are the defending series champions, having beaten One Pro Cycling in a close-fought battle earlier in 2015.
The Isle of Man Cyclefest is a brand new event that will take place between May 13-15. In addition to the criterium and Gran Fondo action, there will be a 1.5-mile hill-climb on part of the Isle of Man’s famed TT course, a mountain bike race that includes a challenging ascent of nearby Sky Hill, site of the bloody battle between the Manx and the invading Vikings in 1079, and a festival showcasing the best local food and drink.
Entries for the Gran Fondo are open now; visit www.iomcyclefest.com for more.