Isle of Man Lighthouses Challenge Powered By Microgaming Play It Forward
Where else can you ride around the perimeter of a whole country in a single day?
Sunday 7TH July 2019 sees the Isle of Man enlivened by the ninth edition of the Island's premier sportive, the Isle of Man Lighthouses Challenge’ powered by Microgaming Play It Forward.
The event is brought to you by SAS Events who played a major role in delivering a spectacular HSBC National Road Championships in 2017.
This is a classic coastal ride circumnavigating the Isle of Man taking in the Island’s lighthouses (where possible!).
The Full Circle Route covers over 100 miles and is not for the faint hearted.
On a good day you will be able to see Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales as you circumnavigate the Island.
Over 440 participants entered in 2018 and the event continued to receive plenty of very complimentary feedback with some commenting that it was "the best day ever" on their bike and that it was "fantastic value for money!"
2018 was the first time iders of E bikes were allowed to take part. We look forward to welcoming all who have been inspired to cycle using this new technology.
The Isle of Man is a beautiful place to ride a bike, on or off road, and combined with fantastic ambassadors such as Mark Cavendish, Pete Kennaugh, Mark & Anna Christian and many moore young riders aspiring to join the professional ranks the level of interest in Manx cycling has never been higher.
The event is now an eagerly awaited permanent fixture on the isle of Mans sporting calendar.
For a 'taster' of what to expect see these videos
The Lighthouses Challenge offers three ride distances 102, 57 & 26 miles all guaranteed to make you smile!
The event start and finish area is located in the historic quayside in Douglas. The area offers a closed road finish area lined with bars and cafes where you can relax after your ride. Friends,family & supporters can 'chill out' while they wait for you to cross the line and receive your finishers medal.
Riders Gather For the Start 2018
Ready To Go! 2018
Time To Relax At The Finish Line
Roll Back The Years
Whatever distance you chose we invite all you admirers of classic bikes and kit to ride the event dressed in your favorite era kit and ride your precious classic/vintage machine.
Ride Your E Bike
If you are new to cycle sport and ride an ebike then this Challenge ride is waiting to welcome you. This category was introduced in 2018 and was welcomed by many who took the chance to take part. Why not come and join the fun?
Full Circle Route
The Full Circle Route takes a clockwise route of the Island covering over 100 miles and 2000 metres (6800 feet) of climbing.
Heading south to the southernmost tip of the Island the initial stretch is classic spectacular coastal road along Marine Drive which is closed to traffic. The Southern classic climbs to Cregneash and the Sloc are covered on the way to the second feed zone at St Johns.
Heading to Peel and then onwards to the Point of Ayre participants can then recover somewhat over the northern plains before tackling the shorter but steeper climbs along the north east coast back into Douglas.
There are three well stocked feed stations en route to enjoy at your leisure located at Port Erin, St Johns and Ramsey.
The Climb To Cregneish
Nearly Home 15 Miles To Go Maughold In The Distance
Semi Circle Route
All courses will have the same start and finish on Douglas harbourside and follow the main route south to the feed station at Port Erin.
The Semi Circle route continues to follow the main course to the second feed station at St Johns and returns to Douglas via Archallagan, Braddan and Abbeylands.
Take care! The Semi Circle Route has the steepest climb of the day just after the feed zone at St Johns.....just what you don't need on cafe legs!
For Some Its Heartbreak Hill The Route To The Sloc
Time For A Quick Power Nap Before The Ascent Of The Final Ramp Up The Sloc
Covering the shortest distance of 26 miles the Quarter Circle Route takes the journey south and ends at the Port Erin feed zone. This option is suitable for families with children who enjoy leisure cycling.
For those tackling the short route you finish the hard riding at the Port Erin feed station which is a great strategy for novices as you are not over committing yourself.
When you have enjoyed the delights of the feed station you can make your way to the Railway Station at Port Erin for transport back to Douglas on the Victorian Steam Railway. What a unique way to end a great day out! The entry fee for the short route includes the fare for the train ride. The train station is only 400 metres from the Feed Zone.
The train will deliver you to Douglas Station, situated in the heart of Douglas from where you make your own way back along to the official finish which is less than half a mile away along the pan flat quayside.
Your Carriage Awaits! Transport Back To Douglas
All routes finish on Douglas Harbourside where riders can sit in the sun at the various eateries, cafes or pubs and enjoy watching their fellow riders finish their personal challenge.
Both shorter routes should not be underestimated as each holds a challenge or two along the journey!
LINKS TO ELECTRONIC ROUTE MAPS HERE
All entrants will receive an event ‘goody bag' which will include a souvenir T shirt, buff and some snacks. These are the 2018 T's, Buffs and medals.
Refreshments will be available at the feed stations along the route. The feed stations are legendary and synonymous with this event! Some participants are rumoured to be returning just to visit the feed zones again!
Returning for 2019: After listening to feedback from the 2018 edition we are reintroducing the finish zone buffet and a rider relaxation area.
Timing is all electronic using state of the art equipment which records your passage around ‘The Rock’ and provides detailed splits for each sector of the route.
All courses are supported by motorcycle ‘service course’ and ‘broom wagons’….just in case!
St John Ambulance are in mobile attendance to deal with any grazes and scrapes.
Apres Ride Massage Provided By Kate & The Team At Rehablab
The event will continue to support the Isle of Man Cycling Team to compete at off Island events.
Our loyal sponsors Microgaming continue to heavily support Isle of Man sport and many of their staff are enthusiastic cyclists who take part in the Challenge or assist as Marshals, we’re delighted with their commitment and continued involvement with this event.
The promotion also supports local charities. The 2018 event benefitted Victim Support Isle of Man to the tune of £250. Over the last 6 years the event has contributed over £7000 to local charities and the IOM Cycling Association.
You can rest assured that you will receive a warm and friendly welcome on the Isle of Man and you can look forward to some great 'banter' on your journey around 'the rock'.
There are hundreds of photographs on Facebook at The Microgaming Lighthouses Challenge by SAS Events https://www.facebook.com/Microgaming-Isle-of-Man-Lighthouses-Challenge-by-SAS-Events-643396715757114/?ref=hl
Info for Riders;
Entry fee includes:
- Electronic Timing
- Goody bag
- Fully signposted route
- 4 Feed Zones
- 3 'broom wagons'
- 3 Motorcycle 'service course'
- Victorian train return to Douglas SHORT ROUTE ONLY
- Massage at finish
- Finishers medal
View Britain as you have never seen it before, from the middle of the Irish Sea!
- Full Circle £31
- Half Circle £26
- Quarter Circle £21
ENTRIES ARE OPEN
If you cannot enter on line please contact us by email via the contact page or telephone 0044 7624 475341. We can arrange for 'paper' entry subject to an extra charge.
ENTRIES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON 30th JUNE 2019 AND ARE LIMITED TO 600.
Travel and accomodation can be arranged very simply by contacting our event partners:
Isle of Man Event Services Ltd http://www.iomevents.com
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd https://www.steam-packet.com