CYCLISTS are being encouraged to get on their bikes for charity on Sunday.
The 21st annual Shoprite Cycle for Life event takes place around the TT Mountain Course on Sunday.
This year, there will be a new format – the event will include the chance for solo competitors to compete in a time trial – with the chance to win £3,000 if they beat the current record.
And Olympic gold medalist Peter Kennaugh is due to take part in the team relay – and there will be a chance to meet him at the Sea Terminal, Douglas, from about 11am.
Shoprite chief executive Andrew Thomas said: ‘The Isle of Man is renowned worldwide for the quality of its cyclists with a world champion and an Olympic gold medal winner from our island in the last year alone.
‘We wanted to recognise this by providing people with the chance to benchmark themselves against the times of some of the world’s leading cyclists who have taken part in a Mountain Course time trial.’
Mr Thomas added: ‘This is a great chance for solo riders or teams to have the experience of participating in an organised, officially timed, event around the famous TT course and all of the money raised will be donated to two very deserving local charities.’
All the money raised from the event will be donated to Shoprite’s two chosen charities this year – the Isle of Man Adoption Service and the Isle of Man Cricket Association.
The event will start with the time trial for the first 50 solo competitors to register.
They will set off from the Grandstand in Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, at one-minute intervals from 7am.
Shoprite will give 3,000 prize fund to a rider who can break the record of one hour 23 minutes and 54 seconds, set by Chris Boardman in 1993. If more than one rider exceeds the record the prize will go to the fastest rider.
The winning rider will also nominate the island charity of their choice to receive a £500 donation and will receive Shoprite vouchers.
Following the time trial, there will be the traditional seven-leg team relay around the 37.73-mile course.
There will also be a family fun cycle – not a race – along Douglas seafront.
Registration is at the Sea Terminal on Sunday at 8.45am, for a 9.15am start. Children aged under eight will turn round at the War Memorial while older children will cycle to the former Summerland site and back.
Entry, which closes at 4pm on Friday, costs £30 for solo riders, £300 for teams of up to seven riders for the relay event, and £500 for corporate entries with associated sponsorship packages.
For more details or to download the entry form for the three events go to www.manxshoprite.com.
Some 30 charities have benefited from event and received £158,000.
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