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Island to host tough mountain bike race

The Isle of Man will be hosting a gruelling mountain biking competition later this year. 

The British Cycling National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships will be held on Island in July - the competition involves local and UK cyclists tackling a 100km off road course. 

The course is a 'gruelling, hard going and strenuous day out' according to the event organisers - elite riders will go on to complete the 100-mile lap as well that day. 

Those interested but not able to do the full lap are welcome to enter the last 50km - event organiser Nigel Morris lays out the full route:

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