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Four-day Cyclefest begins on the Isle of Man

The professional series of Pearl Izumi Tour begins today in Ramsey, Isle of Man Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest

The first day of a huge cycling festival has begun for the first time on the Isle of Man.

Cyclefest is a four-day series of races and events, starting in Ramsey and going around the island in two main locations - Mooragh Park for two days of racing around a 1 mile circuit, including the professional Pearl Izumi Tour Series today, and Milntown Estate will open its gates for competitors and observers on Saturday at 9am.

Today there is a series of school and community races and two days (14 and 15 May) of the three Championship Races - mountain bike racing, a closed road hill climb time trial and round island 80 mile Gran Fondo challenge.

The Pearl Izumi track begins in Mooragh Park, Ramsey at 3pm Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest

The Milntown Festival will feature live music, stunt shows, a BBQ and prize presentations.

The Pearl Izumi Tour Series Race will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday night at 7pm.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.iomcyclefest.com/ .

The Cyclefest Stars of Tomorrow Youth Races begin later today at 5pm Credit: Isle of Man Cyclefest
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Bibby wins historical Isle of Man cycling race

Ian Bibby finishing the men's 113 miles over three laps at the Manx International Grand Prix Credit: SWpix.com

A historical cycling event returned to the Isle of Man yesterday as part of the second leg of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series.

Team Sky's Ian Bibby won the men's 113 miles of racing over three laps of the Manx International Grand Prix, with Kimberly Ashton (Casp racing) winning the two-lap women's race, the first round of the women's road race elite series.

The first MIGP was held in 1936, becoming a favoured race for cyclists from all over the world - the last professional tournament was held in 2003.

A huge crowd showing their support on the Mountain Course near Ramsey Credit: SWpix.com

Jake Alderman of Saint Piran and Tristan Robbins of Madison Genesis made the first real break of the race, pulling away and gradually increasing their lead to 2.20.

They continued to lead until Manx rider Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) closed the gap.

The penultimate King of Mountains award was taken by Adria Moreno Sala (Raleigh GAC) and the lead pack was thinned down to six after Kennaugh attacked.

Bibby and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) managed to break free from the final six, before Bibby attacked Rowsell and went on to win.

The Isle of Man is currently bidding to host the 2018 British National Championship.

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Switch from road to track a tough call for cyclist Rik

The countdown is on to the Rio Paralympics which take place in September.

Rik Waddon in action on the track Credit: PA Images

One man hoping to be there representing Great Britain is Chorley cyclist Rik Waddon.

After winning two silvers on the track in Beijing and London he's now going for gold on the road.

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Wiggo to ride in Tour of Britain

Team Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins signs autographs for fans after winning the Madison during day three of the Revolution Series at Derby Arena. Credit: Press Association.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride in the Aviva Tour of Britain, which begins in Wales on Sunday, race organisers have announced.

The 2012 Tour de France champion returns to the race he won in 2013, despite his focus switching from the road to the track as the Rio Olympics approach.

The 35-year-old Lancashire star is bidding for a fifth Olympic gold next summer and a British record eighth medal in all.

Wiggins, who was third in the race in 2014, will lead his eponymous team in their first appearance in the race, which begins in Beaumaris and finishes in central London on September 13.

British champion Peter Kennaugh quits Tour de France

British champion Peter Kennaugh has abandoned the Tour de France, because of illness.

British champion Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

Kennaugh, from the Isle of Man, was part of the team which supported Froome to the 2013 title.

The 26-year-old was 146th at the start of the 201-kilometres route from Bourg de Peage to Gap, almost two and a half hours behind Froome.

Peter Kennaugh (third from left) celebrates Gold medal win with teammates Credit: PA

Kennaugh, who won London 2012 Olympic gold in the team pursuit on the track, successfully retained his British title on June 28 in Lincoln.

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