The Island Games Cycling Team in conjunction with the Manx Viking Wheelers will be running a fundraiser Time Trial along the Heritage Trail (old railway line) from Douglas to St Johns, Saturday 16th May 9:00am – 12 noon. This will be the inaugural running of this event and has loads of potential to grow in the future, providing an IG fundraising event as a fixture on our annual calendar. This is a fun Event but it will be timed and prizes will be available
The event is all off-road, however the heritage trail is a public right of way. No motorised vehicles are allowed on the route, and it normally would have numerous gates closed and pad locked only allowing access by cyclists and pedestrians. We have got a road closure along the route and all entry points will be marshalled, with only spectators being allowed to access the route. On the day we will open the gates to provide a fast flowing flat course. The trail is graded and has just had a new surface put down in order to attract cyclists to use the old railway line to commute to Douglas. Road and mountain bikes will be both welcome to take part. The course will cross two roads and this will be marshalled by 4 people and the police are happy for us to briefly hold up traffic for riders to pass uninterrupted.
Adults and over 12s will ride the full 6.5miles to St Johns and Under 12s will finish at the first road crossing.
Adults £10 with TLI (£5 for day licence)
U18 £5 (TLI day licence is free)
Cakes and hot drinks will be served all morning at St Johns football club.
The event is open to all types of bikes (it will be interesting to see which is faster road or mtb). We will also group riders so that normal club runs can still go ahead with this event becoming part of their ride. Entries will be payable by cheque (MVW) or cash at all local Bike shops, or entry forms can be sent direct to Brian Johnson.
We are going to hopefully do a newspaper (photo) and radio launch this Saturday on the railway line before the Youth Tour at Ellerslie. This will need to be confirmed with John Watterson.
We have a road closure 8:00am to 12noon, with 30 second time gaps we could potentially get a large field.
Thank you to Brian Johnson who has so far dotted all the T’s in regards TLI, the Police and the DOI.