2011 saw the first running of the event, based on the idea of multiple “special stages” (being competitive timed sections) interspersed with non competitive (“liaison” or “linking stage”) sections that are based on a low average speed, normally less than 14 kmh. The event is a different challenge to that of an MTB Enduro, Cross Country Race or Marathon. The challenge takes all of these disciplines and “mixes them up” adding a massive dose of wilderness riding.
The first running of the event saw 47 intrepid competitors tackle the event. 30 competitors took on both legs covering 94km, 2600m ascent course. Only 15 of these completed the full event.
2012 will be tougher – there will be three legs! The event will be a real personal challenge for those that enjoy challenging their own physical ability, riding skill, stamina and mental strength. The event is aimed at experienced mountain bikers capable of riding a serious amount of distance, some very challenging off-road ascents and of course spectacular descents.
In 2011 the event ran over two legs. It was clear that an obvious opportunity had been missed. An Isle of Man event called the Legs of Mann, should have three legs.
In 2012, we are therefore offering the following legs:
a) The Evening Pass - around 23km of riding, 650m of ascent.
b) The Morning Pass - around 64km of riding, some 1750m of ascent.
c) The Afternoon Pass - around 46km of riding, some 1100m of ascent.
The total package will offer a serious challenge to even the fittest of rider, with its 133km of riding and 3500m of ascent, not forgetting the 3500m of descent!
Further info can be found here
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