Cycling Club Isle of Man is Ready to Roll

Cycling Club Isle of Man has announced that it will compete for the first time later this year.

Cycling Club Isle of Man is part of Sporting Club Isle of Man, which runs FC Isle of Man. The club is owned by the community and funded through membership as well as sponsorship. It is supported by Law Trust, Bikestyle, and Rex Motor Company.

More details about the team’s calendar and riders will be announced in the coming weeks and they will also unveil be unveiling the team kit, which has been designed and made by Hope and Glory Sportswear.

The team want to take the Manx cycling pedigree, that has produced stars such as Mark Cavendish, Anna Christian, Peter Kennaugh, Lizzie Holden and many more, to help the next generation by being that missing link for riders racing beyond the age of 18, many of whom leave the sport due to a lack of opportunities or the financial burden of travelling off-island to compete.

Through Cycling Club Isle of Man, hopes to provide opportunities for these riders to continue their journey in the sport and further develop their talents and while the ultimate aim remains to race with both a men’s and women’s team, but for 2022 the club will compete with a men’s squad only.

Team Manager

The team will be led by team manager, former rider Conor Davies. Manxman Davies, 23, has raced across Europe and his experience will help him guide the team’s riders.

Conor said: ‘I was excited when I first heard about the project, and I believe it can help young riders from the island. It’s important to give the talent from the Isle of Man a chance to race away once they leave the junior category, rather than letting them fade away, which has happened in the past.

‘It’s quite a shock to the system when you turn 16 and you have to learn to contact teams and, in my case, decide to move to Europe at 17 and fend for yourself and talk to teams on your own. It was quite scary for me when I went over to Belgium and literally all I knew was the person’s name that was picking me up from Antwerp Airport. I didn’t know anyone, and I didn’t speak Dutch, so it was quite a scary thing to do coming straight out of school. It can hold a lot of riders back because they don’t know what to do.

‘We have got an amazing pool of talented riders thanks to the cycling structures that we already have on the Isle of Man. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the work that has already been put into developing young talent. However, it is important that we provide riders who have left that structure with extra support and opportunities to race, and I believe that Cycling Club Isle of Man can do that.’