Canada Life International is new 10 League sponsor

(L-r) Sean Christian, managing director of Canada Life International, IoM Cycling Association chairman Richard Fletcher and Mario Ricciardi, executive director of Canada Life International

(L-r) Sean Christian, managing director of Canada Life International, IoM Cycling Association chairman Richard Fletcher and Mario Ricciardi, executive director of Canada Life International

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Isle of Man Cycling Association has announced a new three-year sponsorship deal with Canada Life International for its popular 10-mile time trial league.

The league consists of 12 weekly races starting tomorrow, Wednesday, through to the end of July and will be called the Canada Life International 10 League.

Commenting on the new deal, IoM Cycling Association chairman Richard Fletcher said: ‘The 10 league plays a key role in Manx cycling, as it provides an entry-level introduction to the competitive side of the sport for all types of rider.

‘The league has run continuously for more than 40 years and this generous new agreement with Canada Life International ensures we can extend that still farther.’

Sean Christian, managing director of Canada Life International, added: ‘As a global organisation we recognise the importance of putting something back into the local communities we base our businesses in.

‘We are proud to have a strong track record of assisting a number of organisations and charities in the island through either financial sponsorship or other forms of support.

‘Canada Life already has an association with local cycling, providing sponsorship to the IoM Youth Cycling programme. A number of our staff actively participate in the sport so when presented with the opportunity to extend our support to the continued growth and success of cycling in the island then we were only too pleased to assist.’

The 10 league is being co-ordinated by Steve Shimmin of SAS Events this year and there are some changes to note, including a single, new course to replace the three previously used.

With race HQ at Jurby parade ground, the start will be on Bretney Road at the speed limit signs, turning left onto the A10 coast road down to Ballaugh Cronk, then left onto Ballamoar Straight. Out through Sandygate to a dead turn on Jurby Road between the two entrances to the loop road (approximately 500 metres before St Jude’s crossroads). Return along Jurby Road and Ballamoar to finish just short of the Cronk.

Well over 100 entries have been received. League entries have now closed, but it is possible to enter individual rounds on the night at the following charge of £12 (youth £10) plus a £5 per ride surcharge for day members (if over 18).

l League reports and results will appear in the Isle of Man Examiner each Tuesday.

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