New to Cycling?...Some friendly advice

 

It's been an amazing couple of years for British and Manx cycling - Mark Cavendish winning the world championships, Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France and the Olympic success which included gold for Peter kennaugh

If you are new to cycling here is some advice

Safety First

It is great to see so many new cyclists on our roads and we welcome you to our great sport.

Many of you may not be involved in club cycling but ride out with your work colleagues or friends and may not have been involved in group riding on our wonderful country roads.  Here are a few tips to assist your cycling enjoyment.

1, Please bear in mind that generally, cycling is perceived in a good light on the Island thanks to the success of Cavendish & Co, by following some of the pointers below we can all help keep it that way which can only result in stress free and enjoyable cycling by all in future years

2, Remember to consider other road users. When riding in a group make sure you are no more than two abreast, it may appear to motorists behind that you are riding four abreast if  overlapping the riders in front, so try and keep the group nice and tight

3, Don't be afraid to shout out to your group to 'keep tight' or 'single out' if traffic is building up behind and is unable to pass. Motorists will appreciate it if you are seen to let them pass

4, Don't be abusive to motorists if they sound their horn, they could be a past, current or future sponsors of Manx cycling!

5, When approaching a red traffic light please do not weave through the waiting traffic to the front of the queue. This will only cause the same motorist to be stuck behind your group for a second time!

6, Also, please do not cut round-a-bouts, ride through red lights or pull out of junctions when traffic is approaching - this will only cause you danger and give all cyclists bad press

Enjoy your ride!

How Do I Get Into Cycling?

 If you have been following Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins exploits at the Tour de France and Olympics and would like to take up road cycling as a means of keeping fit or to compete in local races. Then read on.

On Your Bike!

Make sure your road bike is in good working order. Carry a spare inner tube, tyre levers, a pump and a mobile phone. Carry some money for your cafe stop, some energy bars or similar plus a drink.

Get Your Kit On

Make sure you wear a helmet and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. A rain jacket in your back pocket is a good idea. We stock a good range of club clothing

Go Ride!

Once sorted get out for a few rides on your own, get used to your bike and other road users. No need to ride hard, just ride at an easy pace and aim to build up to a ride of about 90 minutes to two hours. Keep your pedal cadence high (about 90 revolutions per minute is ideal) and remember to drink and nibble at your energy bar. You should now manage a club run

Advice for cyclists new to the sport and how to enter local races (scroll down)

How Do I Get Into Cycling?

 

If you have been following Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins exploits at the Tour de France and Olympics and would like to take up road cycling as a means of keeping fit or to compete in local races. Then read on.

On Your Bike!

Make sure your road bike is in good working order. Carry a spare inner tube, tyre levers, a pump and a mobile phone. Carry some money for your cafe stop, some energy bars or similar plus a drink.

Get Your Kit On

Make sure you wear a helmet and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. A rain jacket in your back pocket is a good idea. We stock a good range of Team Manx Telecom clothing

Go Ride!

Once sorted get out for a few rides on your own, get used to your bike and other road users. No need to ride hard, just ride at an easy pace and aim to build up to a ride of about 90 minutes to two hours. Keep your pedal cadence high (about 90 revolutions per minute is ideal) and remember to drink and nibble at your energy bar. You should now manage a club run

Club Runs

 

Club rides take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings from the NSC gates (entrance to the perimeter track) at 9.15am. There are usually two or three ability group rides, pick the easiest group until you are comfortable before moving up a group. The rides are open to riders from all clubs but must be 12 years and older

 

Cafe Stops

The most important part of any ride, be it training or a club run is the cafe stop! Make sure you know where the cafe destination for the ride is. If you get dropped (we all get dropped at sometime or other) you will know where to catch up for a cuppa.

Join Our Club 

There are many cycling club's on the Island, Team Manx Telecom (Manx Road Club) is the club of Mark Cavendish, Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift

Entering Cycling Events

How do I enter Isle of Man Road Cycling Events?

Most road cycling races take part between the months of March to October, mountain bike events take place all year

To compete in road races on the Isle of Man riders must be a member of the The League International (TLI) and enter the event(s) you wish to ride before the closing date

A list of Isle of Man events are listed in the TLI calendar

Cyclists can also enter most TLI events as a day member, see below

Joining The TLI

1.     Join the TLI by filling in the TLI application form

2.     Send the form with the correct payment (payable to the TLI) to Membership Secretary: Nigel Harrop, 24 Crescent Road, Hale, Altrincham. WA15 9NA 

Entering Isle of Man Events

1.     Click on the TLI web site and choose the calendar link

2.     Choose the event(s) you wish to enter

3.     Download a TLI race entry form and fill it in.

4.     Post to the Race Secretary of the event you wish to enter with the correct payment (see table below) made payable to the organising club. Entries must arrive before the closing date

Competitors will require their licence when signing on at the event. No licence (even if applied for) will require purchase of a day licence

Organising Club Contacts / Event Secretaries

Manx Road Club event entries to Jim Cottier. 116 Friary Park, Ballabeg, Isle of Man. IM9 4EU

Ellan Vannin Cycling Club event entries to Ian Brand. 19 Close Quane, Peel.IM5 1PZ.

Manx Viking Wheelers event entries to Brian Johnson Cintra Alexander drive Douglas mailto:brian-johnson@manx.net

Day Members

1.     Download Non Member form which is also an entry form and so you do not need to complete a separate entry form. just write 'Day Member' on form

2.     Post to the Race Secretary of the event you wish to enter with the correct payment (see table below) made payable to the organising club

Entry Forms: For your convenience most entry forms can be found here

Other Isle of Man Events

The Conister Bank Time Trial League is also organised  TLI rules.

The Isle of Man Youth Tour and Manx Mountain Bike Club events are organised under British Cycling Rules

 

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