The End2End MTB challenge covers about 70km of Road, Fire Road, Byway, Bridleway, Singletrack and Open Moorland. The total ascending is about 1500m.
Entry fee was £32 in 2010
It includes pasta meal at the signing-on meeting which was split between Fri eve, and Sat pm this year.
Also event T-shirt, which you collect along with your entry number board when signing-on.
Also entry to the Sunday evening presentation gathering.
I stay with friends on the Island who kindly provide all transport for me, so I park my car at Heysham docks which currently costs £7 per 24hrs, and travel across as a foot passenger, the bicycle goes free.
The organisers do provide a transport option at reasonable cost, which takes you by bus from the main town Douglas, to the start at Point of Ayre, and from the finish at Cregneash back to Douglas. Your bike travels with hundreds of others in several articulated trucks.
Sleepwell Hotels are one of the main event sponsors, and they have provided packages over the last couple of years which include accomodation, transport and event. I would expect them to offer similar deals if their involvment continues in 2011.
The date for 2011 has not yet been finalised, as the Island is hosting the Junior Commonwealth Games over the traditional E2E weekend.
Entries do not open until Feb 2011 and I expect them to fill quickly.
There was a capacity of 1200 this year and a reserve list of about 200 was used to ensure the maximum number were able to start, and they managed to accomodate most of the reserves.
There is further information on the E2E website www.manxe2e.org and lots more on the Manx Mountain Bike Club Site www.manxmtb.org
I'd really like to enter this but taking into account transport, entry, hotels and ferry costs it doesn't leave much change out of £350.00
A bit pricey for a for 4 hours on the bike, as I've allready entered a few other races around the UK I'll have to pass on this on for now, might look at making it a short family break next year though.
"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights"
It is certainly not a good deal compared to events on the mainland, as you point out, the £ per hour on the bike is rather steep, and the large number of entries does make it difficult to make progress on some sections of the course, even for those of us much further down the field.
I do have certain advantages - I see my friends, my overall costs for the event are about 50% of yours and I get 50% more time on the bike.
http://www.vikingchallenge.org.uk/11EVENT.htm ive ridden this event for a few years..its fantastic!! really well organised with t.a. army people pointing the way at every corner!.and when youve finished the ride,there are the best cakes & sarnies waiting for you,not to mention the best soup in the world!!!!!......it just has to be done,hope some of you guys can make it this year...
I think some of the comments are a bit harsh. They can't sign absolutely everywhere... but there was definately a few junctions that could have been clarified....
i was a bit surprised that not many Dalby single tracks were used, especially on the way back in when the field was spread out. The only single track they used was within the first half mile which was ludicrous with 600-700 bikes all setting off together....
Hi all, I pop on now and again to look at your site, and have noticed that someone is going to do the Kielder 100....this is a Garmin link to my ride in the Kielder 100 last year....thought it may be of interest..