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Return of Manx International GP this weekend

A race whose history includes names such as Eddy Merckx and Tom Simpson, is set to return to the UK domestic circuit on Sunday 10th April

Josh Cunningham
5 Apr 2016

While Paris-Roubaix might be the headline act in world cycling this coming Sunday, 10th April, and the Isle of Man might be known more for motorbikes than push bikes, there is a happy medium to be made. This weekend will see the Manx International Grand Prix - an iconic race set to make its return after a twelve-year absence - staged on the island, with a field led by Team Sky's Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh. 

The Manx International GP, which follows the same route as the renowned Isle of Man TT motorcycle event and includes the 1,384 foot Snaefell mountain, will be the second event in the National Road Series, after the Chorley GP on 26th March, won by Edmund Bradbury of the NFTO team. As well as the men's race, the inaugural round of the Women's Road Series will also be held on the same day - the Manx International GP Feminin. The 60.72km circuit will be tackled three times by the men, and twice by the women.

The Manx International was first held in 1936, and during the 60s, 70s and 80s, the race attracted names that would go on to become some of the biggest in cycling history: Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Eddy Merckx, Lucien Van Impe, Sean Kelly, Robert Millar and Laurant Fignon, to name but a few.

With the return of the Manx International, and a desire to host the National Championships in the future, the race's heydays might not yet be a thing of the past, either. Riders such as Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh are only the most recent and high profile of a long line of riders hailing from the Isle of Man, and the re-instalment of the Manx International GP can only be a positive for the future of cycling on the island, and the hope that it will continue to produce - and attract - such high-calibre riders.

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