Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company becomes race sponsor at mountain bike endurance challenge
THE Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
will be title sponsor of 2 race categories at this year's Conister Bank
Longest Day Longest Ride event.
Established in 2010, the annual mountain bike challenge sees hundreds of riders
tackling a challenging and diverse 5 kilometre course, at Conrhenny Plantation
for 24 hours.
There are 8 prize categories and the Steam Packet Company will be title sponsor
of the Solo Male and Solo Female competitions, where the winners are the riders
who cover the most miles.
The prize for the winner in each category will be all expenses paid entry to a
UK mountain bike competition over the summer, including free return travel for a
car and two people contributed by the Steam Packet Company.
In addition, the Steam Packet Company has supported the Conister Bank LDLR by
creating special travel and accommodation packages for visiting riders, to make
it easier and even more affordable for off-Island mountain bikers to take part.
In its 1st year, the event attracted just 16 competitors but last year 278
riders took the start.
Almost 100 entries have already been received for this year's running, on 1 and
2 July 2017, including riders from the UK, Ireland and even Denmark.
Each year the 24 hour challenge raises money for a nominated charity, with more
than ₤29,000 collected since 2010. This year funds will support Organ Donation
Isle of Man.
Founder Gary Cooper said:- "The Conister Bank LDLR is a real test of
physical fitness, stamina and mental toughness on a technical but achievable
route, as well as an event firmly focused on enjoyment and fun for everyone
That combination, plus the Isle of Man's growing reputation as a mountain biking
destination, has helped the event go from strength to strength and we are
beginning to see more and more off Island riders signing up. The support of the
Steam Packet Company in offering special travel and accommodation packages for
competitors will make it even easier for riders from other countries to take
part, helping to make the Conister Bank LDLR a truly international contest. We're delighted to welcome the Steam Packet Company on board
as title sponsor of the Solo Male and Solo Female categories and would like to
thank them for all their support."
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added:- 'The Isle of
Man is a great destination for mountain biking and events like the Longest Day
Longest Ride help raise awareness and bring people to the Island.
We're delighted to be supporting this year by contributing to the prize package
for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Solo Male and Solo Female categories,
as well as creating special travel and accommodation packages to help the event
grow. We work with many event organisers to offer such packages, making it
simpler for visitors to organise their trips, and I'm delighted to see the LDLR
packages are already attracting entries from as far afield as Denmark.
We wish Gary and his team all the best and look forward to another thrilling