On Sunday 5th August, the Ellan Vannin CC will be promoting the Appleby Sportives. The event consists of 2 courses – timed over either 100km ride or 72Km, with both starting and finishing at the Ramsey Rugby Club in the Mooragh Park, Ramsey. Participants may start anytime between 09:00 & 10:00, although slower riders are advised to go off as close to 09:00 as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a 12 noon cut off at the Staarvey crossroads for the 100km route. If you arrive after this time you will have to complete the 72km route
The courses are challenging, with over 1500m of ascent including the climbs of Druidale (& Slieau Whallian for the 100Km) and taking in many roads that are not typically used in local races. The organisers stress that a Sportive is not a race and that although participants will be timed over the various sections of the course, the rules of the road must be obeyed at all times.
The start and finish for both distances is at Ramsey Rugby Club in Mooragh Park and the routes go Ramsey – Bride – coast road to Jurby Cronk – Ballaugh – up Druidale – Brandywell – Little London – Staarvey for both courses.
At this point, the shorter course carries straight-on down to the Peel-KML coastroad and then returns to the Mooragh via Orrisdale loop road – Vollan road – Jurby Cronk – Ballamoar straight – Summerhill Road – Andreas – Regaby – Grove Museum – Grand Island.
The 100Km ride – from Cronk-y-Voddy turn left towards Tynwald Mills – Tynwald Hill – up Slieau Whallian – Shoulder Road – down Dalby – Glen Maye – Peel – coast road to Kirk Michael – Orrisdale loop road – Vollan road – Jurby Cronk – Ballamoar straight – Summerhill Road – Andreas – Regaby – Grove Museum – Grand Island – Mooragh Park – Finish – 100Km
It is expected that a small group of race-fit competitive cyclists would compete the 100Km course in around 3-4 hours, with recreational riders taking 4-5.
Manx Timing Solutions will be providing the event timing and each participant will carry an electronic ‘dibber’ which will be logged at the start, two checkpoints along the way and again at the finish. This will provide entrants with their times for each section and allow for comfort breaks & regroupings at each checkpoint.
As well as the regular racing cyclists on the Island, it is hoped that entrants for the forthcoming End-to-End (E2E) Mountain Bike Race will use the event as ideal preparation in terms of a tough endurance bike session, as well as recreational cyclists who fancy a challenge.
An entry fee of £20 applies for entry on the day but only £16 for online entries made in advance. Entry includes 3rd party insurance, electronic timing, energy bar and a refreshment voucher for after the event. As this is not a race, there are no prizes, but any surplus cash generated by the event will be donated to a local charity, designated by Appleby.
For further details call Richard Fletcher on 498849.