About the sportive
The Isle of Man CC (Cycle Challenge) started in 2012 and has been held on the historic tarmac of the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course every year since.
You can ride 1, 2 or 3 laps of the 37.7 mile (60.7 km) circuit, starting from and finishing at the iconic TT Grandstand – a thrill for any TT fans. You can ride solo or as a relay team (one lap each).
• TT course marshals along the route
• Two refreshment stops (one at the Grandstand, one halfway around the course)
• Support vehicles circulating around the course
• Medical and mechanical support in the pit lane and in the support vehicles
• Free massage at the TT grandstand when you finish
• Finisher's medal and certificate
The entry fee is £35 for one lap, £45 for two and £55 for three. We offer a discount of 50% for anyone who brings a group of five or more with them – a great option for clubs!
Like most cyclists, we love our food so you certainly won't go hungry! You can expect fruit, isotonic tablets and powders, savoury snacks like sausage rolls and crisps, energy bars, goodies like flapjacks, brownies, malt loaf and jelly babies and, at the Grandstand, also hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate).
We also take requests from our Facebook page. Last year we laid on Tunnocks Wafers, this year there will certainly be Welsh cakes in honour of Clwb Beicio Dwyfor making us their sportive of the year!
Medical and mechanical support
We take your safety very seriously so all our staff are trained First Aiders and St Johns Ambulance provide an ambulance and two paramedics on duty at the Grandstand throughout the sportive.
At registration we will give you a waterproof contact card with emergency numbers so should you have an accident or mechanical issue you can reach us directly. If you can't get back to the Grandstand then we will get a support vehicle to you and do our best to get you back on the road (if that's what you want!).
Once out on the course keep an eye out for our stalwart TT marshals who will be pointing you in the right direction at junctions and ensuring your safety on the road. As they are volunteering their time for you please also say hello and give them a wave.
Over the years we have met some fantastic characters such as the indomitable Terry Holmes, Kathy Norman at Quarterbridge, Boris at Ballacraine and David Nash (moto) on the mountain section. Thank you one and all and enjoy the MacDonalds delivery to your outposts!
This is always a big hit at the sportive! Once you finish at the Grandstand you are welcome to enjoy a free 10-minute sports massage, tucked around the corner from everyone else in case you are feeling shy (or smelly!). Make the most of it, it really can make a difference.
Thank you to all the masseurs who have helped us over the years – Tom Black (a Commonwealth cyclist in his own right) of TBM Therapy, Lisa Young of the Manx Osteopathic Clinic and most recently Matt from PSM Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Clinic.