24-hour biking event

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THE Longest Day, Longest Ride 24-hour endurance mountain bike challenge will take place overnight on Saturday, June 18.

Sponsored by Microgaming, the adventure will take place at South Barrule Trails.

Individuals and teams of all abilities were invited to enter.

The aim of the event is to ride for as long as possible, clocking up the most number of laps on the course in a 24-hour period starting at 12 noon on the Saturday and finishing at 12 noon the next day.

Organisers Loaghtan Loaded MTB Club have made this event 100 per cent non-profit making, and will be donating proceeds to their 2011 elected charity, the Isle of Man branch of Muscular Dystrophy.

The club’s Gary Cooper said: ‘This is the second year we have organised the Longest Day, Longest ride event and are so pleased to have the backing of an organisation like Microgaming.

‘The event is a real challenge and could appeal to die hard mountain bikers that want a real tough challenge, riders that are in training for other similar endurance events, or teams that would like to take part as a group and do something different for charity and have fun.

He added: ‘As the name suggests, it will take place over the weekend closest to the longest day of the year, providing optimum daylight hours, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to what will no doubt be one of the most fun challenges on the Isle of Man this year.’

Roger Raatgever, CEO at Microgaming said: ‘We are very excited to be involved in the Longest Day, Longest Ride event.

‘We are huge sport fanatics at Microgaming and whenever we hear the word challenge, it certainly gets our attention!

‘We can’t wait to take part in the island’s only 24 hour mountain bike challenge, especially being associated with such a well respected club as Loaghtan Loaded.’

Entries have now closed for this year’s event.

But if you are interested in taking part next year visit www.ldlr.im or call 453016 for more information.

Riders must raise a minimum amount of sponsorship equivalent to the entry fee.

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