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The Countdown Begins for the Isle of Man Cycling Challenge 2015

by Nick Gregory

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With the Isle of Man TT less than a month away, fans can now experience the legendary Mountain Course themselves by riding the Isle of Man Cycling Challenge. 

The Isle of Man CC is the only sportive on the historic (and beautifully smooth) tarmac of motorsport's Isle of Man TT Mountain Course.

IOMCC riders register at the legendary TT Grandstand and start and finish from the pit lane to ride one, two or three laps of the 37.7 mile course either solo or as part of a relay team (one lap per rider).

Those who take on all 3 laps face 113.2 miles with 6,396ft of ascent - the most popular choice for both club cyclists and charity fundraisers. 

New for 2015 there is also the Isle of Man CC 24hr, a non-stop ultracycling challenge where riders can see how many laps of the TT Mountain Course they can ride in 24 hours. This is open to solo riders and relay teams of 2,4,6,8,10 or 12 people. 


Registration is now open until Wednesday 23 September on the Isle of Man CC website where there is also a schedule of events, live Facebook feeds and a page dedicated to the cycling history of the Isle of Man. 

The Isle of Man CC is in its third year and is designed and run by Greenrock Ltd. 

Greenock also run the ultracycling event The RACE (Race across Europe), a San Francisco to Los Angeles tour along the Californian Pacific Highway and 'Into Thin Air', an epic high-altitude bicycle tour on the world's highest motorable road in the Himalayas, led by Laura Mearns, the author of Himalaya by Bike

The Isle of Man CC will take place on Saturday 26 September 2015 in Douglas. The cost of entry is £35 (one lap), £45 (two laps), £55 (three laps) or 24hr challenge from £180 per rider. 

Last year Cyclosport's Sean Lacey took part in the event. You can read his review HERE

For more information visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #isleofmancc.

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