The first pro cycling tournament on Isle of Man since the year 2003 will take place on TT course this weekend.
The organizers stated that the Manx International Cycling Grand Prix held would see over hundred pro riders compete. Richard Fletcher, the co-director, told that the event would showcase the island ahead of a 2nd bid to host British Cycling National Road Championships.
This island has narrowly lost out to the Stockton-on-Tees in its call to host Championships 2016. When British Cycling stated that it had been a knotty decision, but the reality Stockton has earlier arranged a National Series tournament was a contributing factor.
Jonny Clay of British Cycling told that this had been quite hard to select between two strong bids. Mr Fletcher further added that they have taken their feedback on board and they expect that this new event would clearly demonstrate their ability to host a large scale cycling event. Hopefully, this would prove that they could deal with the logistics and have the roads to handle the national championships.
The all new Isle of Man event will admit both women’s and men’s races. A 3 lap men’s race (113 miles) would form part of British Cycling National Elite Road Race Series and the 2-lap (75.5 mile) National Women Elite Road Race Series.
Ollie Last told that it would be a historic and long overdue return for pro cycling to the island along with all the leading British teams participating.