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We are planning on running the infamous Two Peaks on 29th May. 10am start.  2 laps for Elite and Expert, 1 for Sport and Novice.

Classic route from St Lukes church, up the Milennium Way to the road.  Left slot. Left slot at Glion Gill, then a further left up the hill to Cronk Breck and then descend down to the gate.  A quick right into some singletrack, pop out on the track and then down.  Head right back on the Milenniom Way.  At Cow Shed Corner, turn left, back to the Nab and up and over the Rhyne.  Drop down into Baldwin, left into the village and right over the bridge, making your way back to the church.

Please pre-ride the route at your convenience, it is remote, it is technical, it is hard, and it is definately fantastic fun and will involve many endorphin rushes.

We will be manually timing this event.

This is subject to various approvals and 25 minimum number of entries.  So if you want this event to go ahead, get entering :)

We will need 5 marshals minimum for this event, so if you can help in that regard, please e-mail


Ta peeps.



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The Isle of Man Cycling Association and IOM Govt DED were disappointed not to have been awarded the honour of staging the British National Cycling Road Race Championships in 2016 after partaking in a prolonged bid process.


Feedback from British Cycling indicated that the bid was very strong however it fell short on the fact that the Isle of Man lacked a current ‘track record’ in promoting Senior Elite Road Races. The last time the top echelon of British Cycle Sport appeared on Manx roads was in 2003 when Manx International Cycling Week was staged for the last time.

We are pleased to announce that continued discussions with British Cycling and IOMG DED led to a bid to host a round of the British Elite Road Series in 2016. If this event is successful it will be staged annually and will lead to another bid to host the British National Championships in 2018.

The event is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 10th April 2016.

This is a major event that is covered by Eurosport and will show the Island in a positive light.

Part of the British Elite Championship Series the event will bring the top echelon of British Cycle Sport back to Manx roads on Sunday 10th April 2016. It will be an annual event which will lead to the Island bidding to host the British National Road Championships in 2018.

We need 250 volunteers to act as Stewards and Marshals on the day…..can you help us please?

The duty hours will be from 12.30 pm to 6.00 pm at the latest. Lots of volunteers will be ‘stood down’ from approximately 4.00 pm onwards. The duty tasks will not be onerous or complicated, it will be mostly providing a ‘hi viz’ presence, marshalling barrier positions and helping people to cross the roads etc all with a big smile! The volunteers will be the ‘happy face’ of the event.

All volunteers will be entered into a raffle with some great prizes on offer and will receive some souvenir clothing.

If you can help us stage this exciting new event please let us know as soon as possible by contacting us at; or via the event website contact page

Thank you.

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The 4th round of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National series took place at Arrasey Plantation on Sunday in cold conditions with the previous night’s rain leaving the going pretty muddy to say the least.
The course designed by Jeff Plowman took riders from the top car park onto the start of the E2E course, then down through the trees parallel to the E2E to the quarry then back up the fire road to the lung busting finish.

The elite race was first off at 10am and almost immediately favourite Nick Corlett was in trouble with a broken rear spoke that jammed in his disc brake allowing Elliott Baxter to gain almost 50 seconds on the first lap, with Alex Rockwell one minute behind. Corlett sorted his problem and went on the attack, so bad was some of the mud sections, he managed to run quicker through them Cyclocross style and pulled up to Baxter’s wheel on lap 2. The race had been reduced by the conditions to 5 laps and at the flag Corlett got the uphill sprint for 1st, Baxter 2nd and Rockwell 3rd.

The expert Race of 4 laps was always going to be newcomer Dave Curtis
with Jeff Plowman 3 minutes behind. Dave Griffin, 3rd another 2minutes adrift. Rownan O, Toole on his fat bike floated over most of the mud to 4th place.
The biggest field is always the sport class, but with last month’s winner Shaun Cannan competing but not feeling 100% it was left to rival Jim Callister to pick up the win this time, over the 3 laps. Cannan 2nd and Richie Cryer was 3rd 2 minute’s down with a great ride and Kevin Gelling 1 minute behind him.
The 2 lap novice race was the closest of the day Jeff Shipsides putting in consistent laps to keep Neil Garlick 24seconds behind in 2nd with Jason O’Connor 3rd only 38 seconds down. Emily Looker was the only female racing and was 7th, and received a prize for best improved rider.

The MMBC would like to thank Jeff Plowman and Gary Kirby for laying out the course, all the marshals and St Johns Ambulance for first aid cover.
Also a big thank you to Mark Harrison at EUROCYCLES for the spot prizes. The full results can be found at


The next race is unmissable
“World Famous” Dhoon Quarry course.


  7th of February


 Great racing and Spectacular Spectating.


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Please vote to support the Island Games cycling team by sending an e mail to 

The 2015 Isle of Man Sports Awards, which take place at the Villa Marina Royal Hall on 23rd March, is a highlight in the sporting calendar and will bring together sportsmen and women who have achieved greatness over the past 12 months.

Eleven awards will be presented on the evening:


  • Sportsman of the Year, sponsored by Isle of Man Bank
  • Sportswoman of the Year, sponsored by Isle of Man Bank
  • Disability Sportsperson of the Year, sponsored by Conister Bank
  • Sports Administrator of the Year, sponsored by Service Tech Ltd
  • Isle of Man Ambassador, sponsored by the Department of Economic Development
  • Coach of the Year, sponsored by Mylchreests Group
  • Team of the Year, sponsored by Microgaming
  • Under 21 Sportsman of the Year, sponsored by IOM Newspapers
  • Under 21 Sportswoman of the Year, sponsored by SMP Partners
  • Veteran Sportsperson of the Year, sponsored by Manx Radio
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by


There will also be the presentation of the Young Sports Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by Sure, and the recipients of Isle of Man Sport Aid for 2016/17 will receive their certificates.


The deadline for submitting nominations for the awards is Sunday 31st January. They can be sent to Paul Callow, Isle of Man Sport Office, National Sports Centre, Groves Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2RB, or emailed to


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Dear all,




Further to the previous information provided by Chris Quine, regarding the application process for the IOM Sport Aid Support Programme, please find attached the following:


-       An application for NEW applicants to the programme


-       The Head of Performance sign-off sheet to endorse all applications (you will need to add in additional lines if you have more than 8 nominations)




The forms are designed to be completed electronically if preferred.




All those currently on the programme are receiving a slightly different form that will be e-mailed directly to them. If you are unsure of who this includes from your sport, please let me know. They will still need to pass their form on to you to endorse their application.




It is up the Head of Performance to determine if they feel that someone fulfils the criteria. The Management Committee will, in exceptional circumstances consider someone who is up and coming and close to the criteria but these should be exception rather than the rule. In these instances you need to “make the case” for them.




I realise that you may be requested to submit a form by parents or athletes, who fall well short of the criteria. Please do not put someone forward who you know for certain will not be accepted onto the programme. I appreciate that sometimes this may create a difficult conversation with athletes and parents but it simply wastes everyone time, including yours and the athletes, as well as building up false hope/expectation.




All application forms and the Head of Performance sign-off sheet must be returned to me at Isle of Man Sport by Friday 27th November 2015 at the latest. We will be repeating the extended assessment again this year for new applicants in which those selected will have the opportunity to use some of the Institute services as part of their assessment for support. Those selected will be invited to a further briefing about this on Thursday 17th December, starting at 18.00 at the Institute and, if possible, we would like them to bring along their sports coach as well. It might well be worth letting new applicants know about this so that they can reserve the date.




I trust this all makes sense and is clear. Please let me know if you have any questions at all about the process or the forms.


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