Visit our friends over at www.visitiom.co.uk for assistance.

 


Is there any more information available?  

Absolutely.  Check out Facebook our Website.

The competitors handbook is there.  Copy of last years route is there.  Any other queries, e-mail Nigel on Nigel@Manxmtb.com or Manx100@gmail.com.


How hard is the event? 

It’s the hardest that Nigel could make it in the confines of the Isle of Man.  Do not underestimate this man’s perverseness.  Not that we want to put you off entering!  Quote from a rider of the 2016 event: “It was my first visit to the Isle of Man and the terrain very much reminded me of Scotland, but in a lot of ways it was even tougher than anything I've ridden at home.  I've done the 97 mile West Highland Way in one go, and despite it having more "hike a bike" sections on it than the Manx 100, I would say this route around the Isle of Man was considerably tougher… It has to be one of the toughest endurance mountain bike races in the UK, if not Europe.  Not only was it an insane amount of climbing, but some of the climbs were steep and strewn with loose boulders.  I'm not exaggerating . . . boulders and rocks; not stones and gravel!  It was so difficult to keep traction on some of these climbs…. The descents too . . . wow!  Some of them were also covered in large, loose rocks.  The kind of descent where speed is your friend, but where you have to balance the benefit of speed for skipping over the rocks with the chance of a crash if you make a mistake…. It is one of the toughest things I've ever done in my life.  Yes, I've done several solo 24 hour races, even came 3rd in my category in the 24 hour solo world championships . . . but I felt more tired and beaten up than at any 24 hour race I've ever done.” (Derek Shank – 2016 Manx 100 mile competitor & finisher


What are my options for getting to the Isle of Man?

We would recommend travelling on the evening boat on Thursday or Friday, either as a cycle passenger (foot passenger, bikes goes free) (cost approx. £40 return per person).  A large number of accommodation options are on Douglas promenade which will be less than a mile from the ferry terminal and the start) or in a car (cost approx. £350), returning on Monday morning.  Link to the Ferry Company is www.steam-packet.com

 

Flying is also an option, and we are covered by British Airways (from London), Easyjet (from Liverpool & Gatwick), Flybe (various UK airports) and Aer Lingus (from Ireland).


Where and when does the event start?

  • The event starts at 06:30 (for all Manx 100 events) heading North toward Onchan from the TT Grandstand, Pitlane.
  • The Manx 50 starts at 13:30 from St Johns (Farmers Arms car park)

What happens if I cant get to sign on (boat delays etc)?

Call Nigel on 07624 473388 or Lisa 07624 494688.  We will assist and resolve as best we can.


When is sign on & is there a compulsory rider briefing?

  • Sign on is Saturday 29th July from 17:00 until 20:00.
  • Yes there is a compulsory rider briefing, at 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 (you only need to go to one!)

Where is sign on?

At the Race Office, TT Grandstand, Glencrutchery Road, Douglas.


Can I have private support at different locations?

We went through a whole set of emotions on this question, but ultimately decided that yes, this would be allowed.  The only stipulation is that you don’t use the support vehicle for assisting you around the route!


What support is available? 

We have support from a local company, THANKS A BILLION ROBINSONS, who will supply water and other goodies (think bananas) but these MUST be taken as additions to your own supplies and are obviously not guaranteed to be where you want them.  We offer bag drops at ¼. ½ and ¾ distance (all approximate!) with the ½ distance bag drop being visited twice.  These bag drops can have anything (obviously within reason) included.  We have seen innertubes, gas canisters, food, drink etc.  All we ask is that your bags are clearly marked with RACE NUMBER (we will supply 3 stickers for this) and your name clearly legible on each bag (and the more unusual your bag, the easier it will be to pick out!).  Don’t use post it notes!