The 8th edition of the Granfondo Isle of Man saw a record turnout, with more than 1100 riders at the starting line. Unfortunately, unlike the warm and sunny weather currently gracing southern Europe, the participants had to contend with adverse conditions.
On Saturday, during the 10.5km uphill time trial, Adam Baker emerged victorious with the fastest overall time of the day. He triumphed in his M35-39 category, averaging an impressive speed of 26km/h up the renowned TT climb on the island. Huw Owen secured the overall second position, finishing 17 seconds behind Baker and taking the win in his M19-34 age group. Notably, Simon Daw put on a remarkable performance, claiming the third position, just 32 seconds behind, and becoming the top finisher in the M55-59 category.
Among the women riders tackling the same course, Lois Brewer (F19-34) demonstrated her prowess, achieving the fastest overall time with an average speed of 21.8 km/h. She finished an impressive 1 minute and 16 seconds ahead of Anna Fairweather (F35-39) and a notable 1 minute and 42 seconds ahead of Leah Brewer (F19-34).
On Sunday, persistent rain and extreme weather conditions prevailed, leading the organizers to prioritize safety. As a result, they made the decision to reduce the qualifier distance for all age groups to the 72km mediofondo course. This alteration proved to be a much safer option given the presence of water on the roads, strong winds, and fog in the mountains.
In the fiercely contested men’s competition, Tyler Hannay showcased his talent, clinching victory in a thrilling two-man sprint against Will Draper to claim the overall top spot. South African cyclist Kester McQueen secured the third position, crossing the finish line 1 minute and 11 seconds later.
Among the female participants, Beckie Storrie stood out as the fastest, completing the course in just over 2 hours. She was joined on the lower podium steps by Sophie Smith and Meghan Chapple.