The HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships will be returning to the Isle of Man this July, British Cycling has confirmed.
The championships – to be held on 28 July – will represent the third year in the row that the island has staged the event, with the venue’s popularity with riders due to the technicality and variety of the single lap, 100km route.
The 2018 event – staged in unseasonably inclement weather conditions – saw Nick Corlett (Manx Mountain Bike Club) and Sally Bigham (Canyon Topeak Factory) claim the national titles.
The Isle of Man’s Minister for Department of Economic Development, Hon Laurence Skelly MHK, said “This event shows off the best that the Isle of Man has to offer in terms of the beauty of our island, and highlights the fact that we are a destination for cycling tourism and mountain biking.
“The fact that the MANX | 100 team have been awarded the event three years on the trot is a great complement to a small team who contribute a great deal of dedication. I wish the competitors, organising team and marshals well for the event, and hope that we see significantly better weather than last year!”
The 2019 event starts at 06:30 GMT from the iconic TT grandstand in the centre of the island’s capital, Douglas, before heading north up the eastern side of the island. The route then traverses the island via a number of challenging climbs and fast technical descents, before arriving back into Douglas from the south.
In addition to the Championships, the event will also be hosting the 2019 Manx Mountain Bike Marathon Championships over a 100-mile route, and the Manx 50 which takes in the final 50km of the route in the central and southern areas of the island.