The Isle of Man is to launch a bid to host the 2016 British Cycling National Road Race Championship, nearly two decades after it was last held in the island.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK during a visit to Glasgow where Isle of Man superstar Mark Cavendish claimed the 2013 British title in a thrilling race watched by 30,000 spectators.
The event is the highlight of the elite road racing calendar in the UK and is fiercely contested by the country’s leading professional riders and teams.
The Isle of Man has a rich cycling history having staged Britain’s biggest cycling festival for almost 70 years.
Manx International Cycling Week ran from 1936 to 2003 and attracted world-renowned competitors of the calibre of Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Steve Joughin, Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree. The event is still remembered fondly by many in British cycling.
Full story in this week’s Manx Independent, in shops Thursday morning