More cycle races planned for the south

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A SERIES of town centre cycling events are being planned by Steve Shimmin, the man behind this year’s inaugural evening cycle race in Port St Mary, which was called the Nocturne Cycle Criterium event.

In addition to repeating the exercise in Port St Mary, on September 21, Mr Shimmin wants to hold similar events next year in Port Erin, Castletown, Douglas, Ramsey and Peel.

The date earmarked for the event in Castletown is June 29 and last week, the local authority lent its support to the event being held on that date.

In Port Erin, the date being considered is in mid-July.

The Port St Mary race included races for elite cyclists, but the majority of the programme comprised competitions for youths and a ‘community lap’ for veterans said Mr Shimmin.

The centre of the village was closed to traffic, and anyone requiring access was asked to contact the organisers in advance so they could be catered for.

He added the community and local authority fully embraced the event in Port St Mary and it was ‘extremely successful’. Two negative comments were received, one anonymous complaint about the volume of the PA and the other about access to premises during the event, that was dealt with immediately.

Events in each town will use slightly different programmes, but the focus remains on having fun and encouraging community involvement, he wrote.

Prizes will be presented and they also plan to award a Tour de France-style yellow jersey equivalent to the winner of a series competition, the winner of the greatest number of cumulative points.

There are sponsorship opportunities in various areas of the event, while staging a high quality event requires ‘substantial cost’, wrote Mr Shimmin.

He added: ‘Evidence from the event staged at Port St Mary suggests that the return by way of goodwill and positive media commentary will provide an excellent return on the investment made.’

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