Isle of Man to host 2017 British Cycling National Road Championships

Thu, 12 Jan 2017


If evidence were needed of the significant role the Isle of Man has played in the success of British cycling over many decades, then being chosen to stage the most important event in this year’s British cycling calendar has to be the ultimate seal of approval.  

Following a successful bid by Manx International Cycling and the Department of Economic Development (DED), it has been confirmed that the Island will be the official host of the 2017 HSBC UK National Road Championships.

The Men’s and Women’s Races are scheduled to take place on Sunday 25th June, with a time trial taking place on Thursday 22nd June and a Mass Participation Sportive planned for Saturday 24th June.

It promises to be a superb spectacle that, fittingly, will be contested over the hallowed mountain course – on the world famous roads that are such an integral part of the legendary Isle of Man TT.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said the Island had vast experience at hosting international sporting events and could take great pride in being chosen as the venue for the most prestigious championships in the British cycling calendar.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome some of the world’s best cyclists to our shores and to showcase the Isle of Man to a wider audience,” he said.

In praising members of the DED and the Island’s cycling community, Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the DED commented: “The event has been four years in the planning and will bring significant numbers of participants and visitors to the Island, plus the associated TV coverage, which will showcase the beauty of the Isle of Man.

“This is a great example of the passion of our local sports community and the Island’s ability to host international events. The Department will be working closely with Manx International Cycling, the Isle of Man Cycling Association and British Cycling to ensure that the event receives continued support across Government and the wider Manx public. Together we will bring cycling home,” he said.

Richard Fletcher, Chairman of the Isle of Man Cycling Association, was delighted the Isle of Man had been given the opportunity to host the 2017 Championships. “We have a fantastic cycling heritage, creating world-class cyclists, unique cycling events and a mass of young enthusiasts. The Island is the perfect backdrop for the event and I believe the mountain course will provide a spectacular setting for the best of Britain’s cycling talent this June,” he observed.

Meanwhile, British Cycling Director, Jonny Clay, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to the Isle of Man for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar. The Island is steeped in cycling heritage, passion and tradition, making it the ideal venue for such a prestigious event.

‘In addition to its unrivalled cycling history, the Isle of Man enjoyed a hugely successful return to hosting elite cycle racing in 2016 with the Manx International Grand Prix, so we have great confidence that this year’s HSBC UK National Road Championships will be a tremendous occasion and help to underpin elite road racing on the Island and raise its profile nationwide,” he added.  

The Isle of Man has been producing talented cyclists since the 1950s, who have competed on the British, European and World stage. Millie Robinson, Ron Killey, Reg Quayle, Mike O’Hare, Peter Kennaugh Snr, Steve Joughin, Mike Doyle and Marie Purvis being just a few well known names.  The success of these individuals inspired consecutive generations of young sports men and women to follow in their wheel tracks.

 

Today, the Island is punching well above its weight in terms of cycling talent. The successes of Mark Cavendish, who is closing in on the outright record number of stage wins in the Tour de France and Peter Kennaugh, the first Manxman to win Olympic Gold on the track (at London 2012), along with many more talented youngsters now following in their  tracks, is a remarkable achievement. In fact, so great is the Isle of Man’s reputation for cycling that two of the UK’s top cyclists, Rob Holden and Ben Swift, have even moved to live here!

Now attention turns to accommodating all the thousands of visitors likely to descend on the Island for the 2017 event. That’s where we need our own race-face on!

As travel booking and accommodation specialists, Isle of Man Events have years of experience in arranging itineraries for major Island based events – like the TT and Rally  Isle of Man.

From experience, we know it pays to book early for mass participation events – and the 2017 National Road Championships promises to be no exception!

So to avoid disappointment and to enable us to find you the most advantageous deals on offer - whether you are coming with a car, on foot, by plane or ferry - we strongly advise speaking to a member of our experienced travel booking team as soon as possible. We can sort out all your travel plans and search out the very best rates at local hotels and guest houses.

Cycling is truly coming home to the Isle of Man this summer. At Isle of Man Events, our job is to make you feel at home when you’re here.

Saddle up with us and you’ll be properly geared up for this eagerly anticipated event. 

     

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