The corporate relay event is for teams of four riders - So you might like to invite clients, suppliers & friends as well as work colleagues. Each rider must complete one of four sections that make up the E2E route.
Cyclists on the Isle of Man will benefit for years to come from a legacy project being created from the annual End2End Mountain Bike Challenge.
Next month employees from Zurich International Life will spend one week building a new junior race course, fitness trim trail and play area in Archallagan Plantation as part of a vision that’s been created by the event’s organising team, the Manx Mountain Bike Club. It has designed a multi-phase plan to develop the plantation for cyclists of all abilities and local families to enjoy, at the same time providing a much-needed facility for the Island’s junior racers who are currently limited in their opportunities. Later plans for the site include graded cycling trails for mixed abilities, a skills centre, further play areas and access to the plantation’s lake.
Zurich is facilitating the creation of the first phase at Archallagan as part of its local ‘Community Commitment’ programme; in addition to providing the funding, 125 of its staff will be involved in the building programme over a five-day period.
The development of Archallagan has been in the pipeline for over a year, and is the vision of the End2End Mountain Bike Challenge Organising Committee who were conscious that, despite the fact the event has become so successful, it was providing no lasting benefit for local residents. Following a review of spending, the Committee pledged to create a lasting legacy from the event’s growing success, which now attracts Olympians as well as more than 1,700 riders from the Isle of Man and overseas, and give locals a dedicated facility to practice their cycling skills all year round. The profits from the 2013 event – and all future events – will be invested into developing Archallagan.
Kate Evans, Chair of the End2End Mountain Bike Challenge Organising Committee, said: “Archallagan is a popular place with people of all ages and already has many unofficial mountain biking tracks. Younger children will be able to use the play area with their parents, whilst their older siblings can use the race track close by.
“The play area is close to the Start/Finish of the race track, which is purpose built, and so it means mums and dads can supervise their children there, whilst knowing brothers, sisters and friends are safely out enjoying themselves. This is very much a family and community facility, and it will certainly provide a much-needed hub for junior mountain bikers and racers who can hone their skills or just have some fun in a secure environment.”
Zurich has been a prolific sponsor of the Manx community since it was established here 32 years ago and, as part of its charter, the company’s 220 Island-based staff are committed to supporting a large number of charities, events and organisations, either through fundraising and donations or by volunteering their time and skills. Its CEO, Clive Baker, is delighted Zurich is backing the Archallagan legacy project. He said:
Additional note for all members in a Corporate Team: Should you wish to be entered into the individual rider categories and therefore be considered for an individual category prize in addition to the Corporate Team category, an individual entry is required in addition to the Corporate entry.
Additional note for Rider No. 1 in Corporate Relay: You are welcome to ride the complete course but will be required to hand over your timing baton at Brandywell to rider no.2. Should you wish to be entered into the individual rider categories and therefore be considered for an individual category prize in addition to the Corporate Relay category, an individual entry is required in addition to the Corporate entry. This is to ensure that you are covered by the correct timing and results system.