Checkpoints

There are 3 manned checkpoints: One at Brandywell Road (30km), one at St. John’s (42km) and the other at Eary Cushlin (51km). These will have water to refill your bottles and energy bars. They are intended to supplement your rations and you should carry adequate supplies to meet your needs rather than relying on these. Checkpoint closing times are:
• CP1. Brandywell @12.30
• CP2. St. John’s @ 13:00
• CP3. Eary Cushlin @ 15:00
Please note that the event starts at 09.30.
Energy Bars are provided. Water is kindly provided by Green Mann Spring. It is unreasonable to expect our dedicated marshals to be out on remote hillsides until early evening to ensure the safety of a few stragglers. If you arrive at a checkpoint after the cut-off time you will be advised to retire from the event and your number board will be removed. If you choose to continue, you will do so at your own risk and will not be included in the results. Please note that St Johns is the last checkpoint with easy access back to Douglas. Should any of the marshals at these checkpoints pull you to one side stating you are out of time, they are doing it for your safety. Please adhere to their advice and surrender your number and timing tag.

Marshals

As with any event of this size it is only possible to run it with the assistance of large numbers of marshals.  As the event’s contribution to charity the organisers will pay a fee to the nominated charity for each marshal provided.

We are especially keen to recruit sector marshals who will run a section of the route, possibly with a team of their own in aid of their own charity.  Please contact the marshal organisers by clicking here for further information.

Spectators & Support Crews

One of the best aspects of the event is the large number of spectators who turn out to support family & friends. However, if you are spectating, please make sure that you park your vehicles considerately.  The road crossings have limited parking and your vehicle could cause an obstruction.  Again, the increased numbers will exacerbate this.

To improve safety & alleviate traffic pressure around the course there are certain points that have been designated ‘One Way’.  You will need to be aware that to get to these points you may have to use an alternative route.

Rules

Below is a list of event rules which riders much comply to. We ask you read them carefully.

  • The event may only be undertaken on a proper Mountain Bike fitted with off-road tyres. E.g. not cyclo-cross / hybrid / road bikes.
  • The course must be completed on a single bike and set of wheels, i.e. bike or wheel swaps for different stages are not permitted.
  • The course must be completed in its entirety. Short cuts will result in disqualification.
  • Other than for mechanical repairs and food/drink provision, outside assistance is not permitted.
  • You must obey directives issued by course officials / police / marshals. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  • It is not permitted to litter the course in any way. Pack it in, pack it out!
  • Put simply, you should not do anything that you would regard as cheating if done by somebody else!
  • Result queries/appeals must be submitted within 24 hours of the presentation.

The Route

We are going to start at the Point of Ayre as always but finish in Port Erin as we did in the 2015 event.

It is hoped to provide a GPS track of the route, but please bear in mind that significant sections of the route (especially farmland) are private land.  If riders are observed riding these sections prior to the event they will be excluded.  Your behaviour in this respect may put the use of this land in jeopardy and compromise the event in future years.  Please obey any ‘No Mountain Bike’ signs that you see whilst riding the route before the event date.  There is quite enough permitted route to practice on and alternative routes that avoid private land are available.

 

Start

The start this year will be the same arrangement as 2015 (apart from the 9.30 start), in that riders will be seeded into pens and started at intervals with riders in the second and subsequent groups getting a start time as they pass the start line.  The entry form will ask what pen you would like to start in and for a previous best time to aid us in deciding which pen you should start in.  Please note that being in the fast groups is not always an advantage!  A number of riders who had finished well in 2014 and were selected to be in the first group found the pace too tough on the fast road section and got dropped.  They were by then very tired and were mopped up by the following groups who then had a significant time advantage over them.  Better to be in a group that matches your fitness and enjoy the ride!