Not the TT 2020 will see local riders pairing up with local cyclists to complete a lap of the legendary TT course – still on 2 wheels, but this time they’ll be powering themselves around. The challenge will raise much needed funds for the Manx Solidarity Fund, helping those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The challenge will take place on Senior Race Day and is the brainchild of Manx TT rider and Manx Solidarity Fund patron, Conor Cummins. He told us;
It’s going to be a different type of challenge for me going around the course on a bicycle, but I’m excited to get out there. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dreadful impact for so many, but I hope that ‘Not the TT 2020’ will bring some positivity to the Island. The funds raised by this challenge will support those on the Island who need it most.”
The team who raises the most money is the winner!
So who’s in the lineup? For riders, we’ve got…
Former Manx Grand Prix and North West 200 winner, Nigel has a great TT career to look back on with many top 10 finishes. Nigel is also a keen cyclist and is a regular front runner in the local MTB Enduro Series.
Nathan is another rising local road racing talent. Nathan completed the double during the 2019 Manx Grand Prix winning the Junior and Senior races and progress’ to the IOM TT in 2021.
Michael is also Manx Grand Prix winner and has shown great potential around the TT course. He rides for the Wilcock Consulting race team from Barrow.
AKA Mr TT. Paul organises the IOM TT, Classic TT and the successful Gran Fondo cycling event. Two major events that take place on the IOM.
Fastest Manxman, Coffee Mann and local legend
22-year-old Jamie was meant to be a newcomer this year.
But they won’t be riding alone, local cyclists will be riding alongside them and coaching them through.
Former national junior RR champ, National under 23 TT champ, bronze under 23 road race champ. Anna rides for pro team, Drops m and features in top-level professional races.
Bronze medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth games and King of the Mountains in pro Tour of Switzerland 2018.
Professional rider with Novo Nordisk and 2nd King of the Mountain in the Tour of Estonia 2019.
Current IOM National Champion.
Former professional, 7 times Commonwealth games rider, now coach and manager of teams and individuals.
Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist, Island Games individual gold, Gotland and Gibraltar as well as team gold.
The teams will be drawn by TT Icon, Milky Quayle and posted on our Facebook page tomorrow, make sure you’ve got notifications set up so you don’t miss it!
ON SENIOR RACE DAY – SAFETY FIRST!
We want you to come out and support the teams, just like you would the riders, trackside. Please feel free to sit on hedges, stand in your gardens or cheer from the side of the road but please PLEASE DO IT AT A DISTANCE. We’re providing live coverage so there’s no need to come up to the Grandstand to watch the start and finish. Please make sure you’re social distancing from anyone outside of your household while spectating at any point along the course and please, follow the usual TT etiquette and clean up after yourself if you do decide to camp out to watch. And for obvious reasons, you can’t ride with the teams.
Ok, now the housekeeping is out of the way, how can you REALLY be involved?
Once the teams have been drawn, you’ll be able to donate to show your support by donating to their individual fundraising page. Remember, the team who raises the most money will be crowned the winners, so dig deep! If you want to get a head start then you can donate now via the dedicated fundraising page.
ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO THE MANX SOLIDARITY FUND, the Isle of Man-registered charitable trust that delivers funds to those on the Island who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We recommend a £37 donation, that’s only £1 for every mile!
If you’d like to really get behind the teams, we’ll be offering the opportunity to sponsor them. More info to be released on this but note: It will involve a live (online) bidding war!
The highest bidder will get their name/company name & logo on the bibs worn by their chosen team – chance of a lifetime if you ask us. How often do you get the opportunity to sponsor (not the) TT??