Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:22
Your chance to ride from one end of a country to the other whilst conquering some sizeable peaks along the way. The 75km route of the Isle of Man, Manx Telecom End to End Mountain Bike Challenge incorporates 1500 metres of climbing with a thrilling mixture of fast fire roads, sweeping moorland paths, country lanes and forest singletrack. You’ll also experience stunning views and great support from the local spectators whilst you gain a real sense of satisfaction as you make your way from the northern most to southern most points of the island. A full range of rider abilities are represented, a small number of top riders make the trip but most of the field is made up of weekend riders just looking to complete the challenge and enjoy themselves while having a laugh with likeminded mountain bikers. The course is usually completed within 3 hours for the leaders and anything up to 6 hours for the more relaxed riders. The event is a challenge but times are provided and category prizes are awarded.
The first End 2 End Mountain Bike Challenge was held in 1996 and with this being the 16th running of the event we at the Manx Mountain Bike Club have learnt a lot about how to make sure you, and the other 1700 riders, have a great time and go home wanting to do it all over again.
This is the PUBLIC Route and the route will differ slightly on the day when we gain access to Private Land.
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The course runs from the Point of Ayre at the northern tip of the Island to the Calf Sound at the Southernmost tip. The course varies slightly each year but remains fundamentally the same. Top riders have completed the course in a breathtaking 3 hours - but most mortals will take between 4 and 6 hours to cover the varied and demanding terrain. The 75km full distance with 1500m of climbing is aimed at the serious mountain biker.
Starting from the Northern tip of the Isle of Man, the course warms you-up by skirting along the ‘flattish’ North West coast of the Island. After crossing the TT motorbike course you start climbing across the mountains in the north of the Island with stunning views out across the Irish Sea to Ireland. You then start your hair raising descent along fast and loose fire road trails into St. Johns where you can congratulate yourself on reaching halfway, just the small matter of the second half to go. As you ride over the southern half of the Island you’ll enjoy ripping up the singletrack through the forests as well as the winding switchbacks on the moorland of Cronk Ny Ary Laa Mountain as you speed into Port St Mary. Now you just have the small matter of Howe Hill to take you to the satisfaction of the finish where you will earn you bragging rights.
There are 3 manned checkpoints: One at Brandywell Road (30km), one at St. John’s (42km) and the other at Eary Cushlin (51km).
These will have water to refill your bottles and energy bars. They are intended to supplement your rations and you should carry adequate supplies to meet your needs rather than relying on these. Checkpoint closing times are:
CP1. Brandywell @13:00
CP2. St. John’s @ 14:00
CP3. Eary Cushlin @ 15:30
|Energy Bars are kindly sponsored by Zipvit.
||Water is kindley provided by Green Mann spring.
This year it is intended to strictly enforce the cut-off times at the intermediate check points. It is unreasonable to expect our dedicated marshals to be out on remote hillsides until early evening to ensure the safety of a few stragglers. If you arrive at a check point after the cut-off time you will be advised to retire from the event and your number board will be removed. If you choose to continue, you will do so at your own risk and will not be included in the results.
Please note that St Johns is the last check point with easy access back to Douglas.
Should any of the marshals at these checkpoints pull you to one side stating you are out of time, they are doing it for your safety. Please adhere to their advice and surrender your number and timing tag.
As with any event of this size it is only possible to run it with the assistance of large numbers of marshals. As the event’s contribution to charity the organisers will pay a fee to the nominated charity for each marshal provided, this fee varies according to the time the marshal is expected to be required for.
We are especially keen to recruit sector marshals who will run a section of the route, possibly with a team of their own in aid of their own charity. Please contact the organisers on
for further information.
We are also anxious to recruit someone to assist with the transport arrangements.
One of the best aspects of the event is the large number of spectators who turn out to support family & friends. However, if you are spectating, please make sure that you park your vehicles considerately. The road crossings have limited parking and your vehicle could cause an obstruction. Again, the increased numbers will exacerbate this.
To improve safety & alleviate traffic pressure around the course there are certain points that have been designated One Way. You will need to be aware that to get to these points you may have to use an alternative route.