Whether racing to win, or just riding to finish, Gran Fondo Isle of Man is a true test of legs and lungs that must power riders 85-miles around and 6500 feet up the independent British Isle of Man, or just Mann as the locals say.
Rather than cancel the race due to COVID-19 the promoters have worked tirelessly to secure a new date, 30 August, for this storied closed road race.
Best know as the place where World Champion Mark Cavendish began his cycling career, the Isle of Man allows amateur cyclists the chance of racing alongside Cav (if not at the Tour de France) over leafy lanes, past windswept moors and up short steep climbs with gradients up to 25%.
Last year Isle of Man’s own Nathan Draper won in 3:52:35, defeating a strong field, including pros Mark Cavendish and Mark Christian.
If the rescheduled 2020 Tour de France is cancelled you can bet home-town hero Cavendish will once again be racing at Gran Fondo Isle of Man.
Gran Fondo entry is only £42.50 through June and £50 afterwards. Cyclist may also opt to ride the 40-mile Medio Fondo or 20-mile Piccolo Fondo. Children may ride a Minisculo Fondo for free.