More than 130 participants entered the 8th Appleby Sportive for an exciting day of cycling on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Appleby Sportive is made up of four timed courses ranging in length from 38km to 118km, taking on more than 1500m of ascent and consists of routes not typically used for local competitions.
Simon Skillicorn was the quickest on the 118km course finishing in 3 hours 41 minutes and 53 seconds, smashing his time from last year’s race by almost 16 minutes. John Coppell set an impressive time on the 100km race of 3:18:46 beating the 2016 fastest time by more than 4 minutes.
On the 72km Bryan Moyer completed the course in 2:27:24 and representing Appleby associate Erin Trimble-Cregeen came first in the 38km with a time of 1:47:29.
Leading offshore law firm Appleby has supported the Sportive for the past eight years as part of its ongoing sponsorship of the Ellan Vannin Cycling Club (EVCC). It also assists the club by supplying branded cycling kits for club members and helping with other cycling events in the Island such as the Appleby Youth Circuit Championships.
Organiser of the Sportive and Chairman of EVCC Richard Fletcher, said: “Thank you to everyone who came along to the event to take part and to all the supporters and spectators. This year we introduced Pics2Go to share photos on social media and it was great to see so many people using the platform and getting involved.
“We were delighted with the turnout with almost twice the number of participants that we had last year and it was great to see some new faces as well as those who come back year after year.”
Caren Pegg, Partner in the Dispute Resolution department and member of the Appleby Charitable Foundation, said: “Encouraging people to get involved in sports lies at the heart of Appleby’s corporate social responsibility and we are delighted to see the number of participants grow. This year’s Sportive had a great community vibe and we are very proud to be involved with such a well-regarded event and look forward to continuing our work with EVCC at the Appleby Youth Circuit Championship which is just around the corner.”
Full details about future Ellan Vannin CC – Appleby Events can be found at www.ellanvannin.cc.
Photo - Cyclists at the 2017 Appleby Sportive.