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25 Mile Time Trial - Sunday 17 April - Start Sheet Available Now

Posted by manxroadclub on April 6, 2016 at 4:40 AM

It will be fast...it will be long...have you got legs that are strong?

Manx Road Club will be promoting a 25 mile individual time trial on Sunday 17th April.

The course will be the usual 25 mile course starting at Rhencullen taking in Sulby bridge, St-Judes, The Cronk, Summerhill Road, Ramsey and finishing on the Ballacrye road.


Sign on will be at Ballaugh Parish Hall from 8.00am to 8.30am with the first rider away at 9.01am. Refreshments will be served in the hall after the event.


Entries with usual age related entry fee can either be done online no later than Wed 13th April or posted with a cheque to Jim Cottier at 116, Ballanorris Crescent, Friary Park, Ballabeg, IM9 4EU to arrive no later than Thu 14th April.

Use this link for online entries and for printing entry form for postal entries.



Anyone who can help with marshalling please contact Jim via [email protected] or 495436.

Start sheet available here or via '2016 START SHEET' page on LH side of website. 

Bikestyle/MVW 3 Up 25 Mile Time Trial Results

Posted by manxroadclub on March 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

There was a great turn out for today’s Island Games fundraising event.

73 riders contested the 25 mile team time trial in near perfect conditions.

Unusually for this type of event, all teams managed to finish - with some fast times! The dry, sunny weather with a light breeze probably accounted for this but please note that 'The Management' cannot guarantee these conditions for any future events! 

The event was won by Robin Garry, Ed Perry and Tom Mazzone with a time of 51:27. Runners up were the team of Owen Dudley, Gary Johnston and Mark Harrison with a time of 54:55. And finishing the podium in 3rd place were the trio of young riders Jimmy Bostock, Adam Kelly and Tosh Teare in a time of 55:21 (this was an excellent time considering the 3 boys had to dismount and wait whilst a traffic snarl up on the course was cleared!).

Thanks to all who entered the Bikestyle raffle after the event, with all proceeds also put towards the 2017 Island Games. A very fine display of cakes also vanished particularly quickly, with many commenting how enjoyable they were. 

As usual, a massive thank you to all the organisers and helpers who make events like this possible.

<-- See '2016 Results' page for list of results.

Tom Mazzone Blog

Posted by manxroadclub on March 24, 2016 at 3:55 PM

If you want to keep up to date with Tom's plans, training, racing etc please see the new Tom Mazzone page on the LH side of this website that contains his blog. 

Tom had a full on weekend last weekend with some very good results with 2nd at March Hare Classic on Saturday afternoon and 9th at the Wally Gimber Trophy on Sunday. Please take the time to read his blog for more details. 

Looking forward to seeing Tom compete in the Bikestyle 3 Up Time Trial on Good Friday.

Organised Trips To Cycling Events

Posted by manxroadclub on March 23, 2016 at 4:50 PM

During the last committee meeting there was a discussion around whether any club members would be interested in visiting cycling events off island if the club organised travel, accomodation, entry etc. Travelling as a group is likely to result in savings on travel costs e.g. sharing mini-bus, group discounts etc. 

Suggested initial events were the Ghent Six Day ( travel on Fri 18 Nov to watch cycling Sat 19 and Sun 20) and Lincoln GP on Sun 16 May (travel over Sat 15 May). 

There is also the possibility of arranging group travel to events such as the NEC Cycle Show in Birmingham with boat travel and mini-bus. 

Details here for Ghent Six Day and Lincoln GP

If you are interested in travelling as a group to either or both events with other club members can you please email Nigel Clucas at [email protected] Nothing is definite at the present time and we are just looking to gauge interest. 

Canada Life 10 Mile Time Trial League 2016

Posted by manxroadclub on March 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM

This year's 10 Mile Time Trial League is sponsored by Canada Life and there is a change of venue, change of course and change in number of events. The first event is on Wednesday 27 April. 

The start and finish will be at the Mountain View Innovation Centre just outside of Ramsey and formerly known as the IOM Film Studios. There will be indoor changing facilities, showers and also a kitchen for making tea and coffee etc. 

The only course will be out and back with the turn just past the Sandygate crossroads. Hopefully this year the prevailing wind will provide assistance on the return leg rather than hindrance on the outward leg. 

There will be a total of 10 events and the best 6 completed rides count towards the overall league result. As usual, Senior/Veteran riders will be required to marshall for a minimum of 1 event to quality for the overall league results. 

Please note that TLI Day membership is no longer allowed and you must be a paid up TLI member and also cycling club member in order to compete. All riders must also have a rear light fitted and working for all TLI Time Trial events going forward. 

Entry form available here

Bikestyle Team Time Trial

Posted by manxroadclub on March 17, 2016 at 1:50 PM

BIKESTYLE/MVW will be promoting the ever popular 25 mile Team time trial on Friday 25th March.

All entry fees and monies raised will be set aside to help fund team riders when representing the island in “The Island Games” There will also be a fund raising raffle with a selection of super prizes! tickets are available in Bikestyle and will also be available on the day.

The course will be the usual 25 mile course starting at Rhencullen taking in Sulby bridge, St-Judes, The Cronk, Summerhill Road, Ramsey and finishing on the Ballacrye road.

Sign on will be at Ballaugh Parish Hall from 8.00am to 8.30am with the first team away at 9.01am… Refreshments will be served in the hall after the event.

Boys Teams, Girls Teams, Ladies, Men’s, Veterans and mixed…. All riders and teams are welcome!

Entries with usual age related entry fee should be taken to Bikestyle, Bucks Road, Douglas. where further information is available.


Anyone who can help with marshalling please contact the staff in Bikestyle.

Youth Tour 30 Apr/1 May - Marshalls Needed

Posted by manxroadclub on March 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

As you are probably aware, the Youth Tour takes place during the weekend of 30 Apr/1 May and Emma and Erica are asking for help with more volunteer marshalls.


There are sufficient marshalls for Sat afternoon on the Ellerslie course it is just the other road events that need help.


Marshalls are still needed for Sat morning (Peel area) and Sun morning (Ramsey) so if you are able to help out (and maybe top up your tan in the process) can you please initially contact Dot Tilbury at [email protected] and she will collate names to pass onto the girls.  

Eddie Soens Memorial - Tom Mazzone 17th

Posted by manxroadclub on March 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Another great result for Tom Mazzone riding for Pedal Heaven Excel Academy in the Eddie Soens Memorial race with a fine 17th place, some 6 seconds off the winner, Bertie Newey, who was the first and only 3rd Cat rider to ever win the event. 

Ian Wilkinson and Jack Pullar were 2nd and 3rd respectively, both also riding for Pedal Heaven and 8 of the top 20 places were filled by Pedal Heaven riders. Another fine result for Tom's team. 

More details can be found here

Fourth World Title for Cav at UCI World Track Champs

Posted by manxroadclub on March 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Mark Cavendish secured a 4th world title on Sunday by winning the Madison at Lea Velopark in London partnered by Bradley Wiggins in front of a packed house. 

Cav used his speed and acceleration to rack up points during the sprint laps during the early stages of the race and Wiggo then used his endurance skills to establish a break from the main group on lap 20 and worked with Albert Torres from Spain to gain a lap, which then put them on the same lap as the leaders and into the overall lead as they had more points. 

Despite a tumble during the closing laps, a dazed Cav quickly remounted and continued to work with Brad to protect their lead. 

This was the 3rd time Cav has won a World Championship Madison, previously in 2005 with Rob Hayles and then in 2008 with Bradley Wiggins. After the finish Brad gave Cav a piggy-back around the track centre in celebration. 

There is now talk of the duo entering the London Six Day later in the year so better start thinking about booking those flights now!

More details and photographs in this weeks Isle of Man Examiner.

Young Rider Updates

Posted by manxroadclub on February 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Nathan Draper is living in Italy with GB Academy, his season should start soon so we all look forward to hearing his news. 

Leon Mazzone is riding for Illi bikes and is based in Belgium . Leon is assisted by the Raynor funding, James Berry fund and family

Mathew Draper riding for Velocity1Global in 2016 and is also supported by the James Berry Fund and family.

Wishing you good luck guys from all your supporters at the MRC...and of course the AFG!

Tom on the podium for Pedal Heaven

Posted by manxroadclub on February 28, 2016 at 2:50 AM

A big congratulations from the club to Tom Mazzone - riding for Pedal Heaven this year, he kicked off his season riding a classic opening race Perfs Pedal Road Race where he achieved a fantastic podium 3rd place on 14th February .

The race was won by Rory Townsend from Pedal Heaven, 2nd was Mitchell Webber from Pedal Heaven and 3rd Tom Mazzone also from Pedal Heaven - a great start for Toms new team.

Supported by James Berry Fund and family


Manx International

Posted by manxroadclub on February 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM

The Manx International is back and what an event it looks to be! Put the date in your diary Sunday 10th April why not volunteer to help out with marshalling duties or event enter the support race and have the chance of putting your hands in the air infront of a packed out audience.

The Isle of Man has a rich Cycling history, having previously hosted rounds of both the National Series and National Championships as part of International Cycling Week which sadly ceased in 2003. Past winners of the Manx International include famous names such as Tom Simpson, Steve Joughin, Robert Millar and David Millar.


Now making a welcome return to the major events calendar, the event is brought to you by Manx International Cycling Ltd supported by the Isle of Man Cycling Association with backing from the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development.

More on the website here

Overall victory for Cav in Qatar

Posted by manxroadclub on February 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM


Laxey sprint ace Mark Cavendish MBE showed hes still one of the fastest sprinters in the World when he sealed victory after finishing 2nd on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar last week. The Manx Missile has another huge year ahead with goals of wearing the Yellow Jersey in the Tour De France, Olympic Gold on the track and another crack at he World Championships.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) won the high-speed sprint after going shoulder to shoulder with Cavendish and so took a ten-second time bonus but Cavendish gained a six-second time bonus for second place. That allowed him to win the overall classification.

More from cyclingnews.com here Picture from cyclingnews.com

Signing On Night

Posted by manxroadclub on February 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM

The signing on night this year will be held at the Archibald Knox pub in Onchan on Friday 26th February starting from 19:30...nibbles will be provided. 

Please download and complete the 2016 membership form using the menu option on the LH side of this page entitled '2016 MEMBERSHIP' and hand in with your payment on the night. Alternatively a supply of printed forms will be available on the night for those without any printing facilities.

On a lighter note...if you wish to apply for the additional membership of the Alternative Fast Group (AFG) then you will be required to pass an entrance exam that comprises being blindfolded and correctly guessing the ingredients of 12 varieties of scone from Tynwald Mills! Another condition of membership eligibility is that you must also be able to recite from memory the contents of a value breakfast from Rileys at Eden Park and provide an expert opinion on a minimum of 6 of the real ales available at The Hooded Ram. 


Posted by manxroadclub on February 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Manx Viking Wheelers in conjunction with Martin Malone (Personal Trainer and Cardiovascular Coach) and Kate Stobart (Physiotherapist and Movement Specialist) are to give a talk on training for maximum performance and injury prevention. The talk is designed to:



Help you understand the various components of training

How to construct a training plan for better performance

How to avoid over training

How to plan for races

How to maximise your performance through better movement

How to avoid injury

Nutrition – Eating correctly for best performance


The talk is scheduled to take place on Friday 11 March 2016, venue to be confirmed. This talk is open to all club cyclists and anyone else who may be interested. The cost will be £3 at the door to cover expenses. Anyone interested in attending should contact Brian Johnson on 495684 or [email protected]

Cavendish Wins in Qatar

Posted by manxroadclub on February 8, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) won the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar after the best sprinters in the race fought for victory on the Al Kohr Corniche.

Laxey man Mark Cavendish beat Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) after coming off Alexander Kristoff’s wheel and opening up his own sprint as the Norwegian faded to finish fifth. Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) was fourth. Cavendish is the first leader of the race and also picked a mid-stage time bonus sprint. He leads Modolo by 8 seconds, with Guardini at 11 seconds

Find out more from cyclingnews.com here


Kennaugh on fire in Sun Tour

Posted by manxroadclub on February 8, 2016 at 10:25 PM


Team Sky professional Peter Kennaugh continued his fine start to his season in Australia with a win in the opening stage of the Herald Sun Tour last week after escaping with Tour De France Champion Chris Froome in the closing stages of the race. The Laxey man crossed the line in first place and pulled on the leaders yellow jersey which he held all the way to the last day before Froome took over and the duo swapped places on GC.

"It's awesome," said Kennaugh after taking his second victory of the year. "We had a strategy, we stuck to it and it worked."

Read more at Team Sky here

Kennaugh ready for Sun Tour

Posted by manxroadclub on February 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Fresh from his impressive win at the 2nd edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean road race Team Sky professional Peter Kennaugh starts the Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne Wednesday evening. Starting with a 2.1km prologue round the streets of Melbourne Kennaugh joins Froome, Rowe, Boswell, Gomez and Puccio over the 4 day race. Stage 2 is a tough 144km race from the Yarra Glen with 146km to tackle on stage 3 before a final showdown on Arthurs Seat closer into the city. Follow the race and find out more on the race website here 

Cavendish, Christian and Swift in Dubai

Posted by manxroadclub on February 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Two local riders and Onchan resident Ben Swift start the Dubai tour on Wednesday. Cavendish riding for Team Dimension Data will be hoping for a repeat of last year where he won the General Classification. The race starts with a 179km stage on Wednesday followed by three further though days. Mark Christian is riding for his team Team Wiggins and Swift for Team Sky fresh from Down Under where he finish 2nd on stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. More here 

Kennaugh Solos to Great Ocean Victory

Posted by manxroadclub on January 31, 2016 at 2:40 AM

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh put in a strong solo effort to win the Great Ocean Road Race in Australia.

The Manxman sprung clear and quickly built up a 20-second lead before keeping a reduced peloton at bay to earn one of the finest wins of his career. Team mate and fellow Manx resident Ben Swift put in an impressive shift to finish in eighth. Mark Cavendish riding in his new Team Dimension kit was a non finisher

There were other Manx conections at the race, JTL Condor Performance Manager Tim Kennaugh was there with his team and club member Tom Black has also been working 'Down Under'

Read more from Team Sky