End-to-End: Nick Craig wants fourth Isle of Man title

Nick Craig
Nick Craig has won the Manx race for three consecutive years

Nick Craig will have to beat a record entry of 1,700 riders if he is to win his fourth consecutive Manx End-2-End Mountain Bike title on Sunday.

The former Olympian, 42, from Hayfield, said: "It's a tough challenge and the field is growing in quality every year."

Despite strong winds, Craig finished the punishing 46-mile race in two hours 57 minutes and 20 seconds in 2010.

Meanwhile, Elliot Baxter will lead the Manx challenge after last year's second place finish.

"Obviously I want to go one better this year. I want to win.

"The conditions aren't great but it's the same for all of us, I can't see any records being broken on Sunday," he added.

More than 1700 cyclists have signed up for the 75km challenge, on 18 September.

Riders will have to tackle a variety of terrain and climb more than 1500m, as they ride from the Point of Ayre in the north of the island to Cregneash in the south.

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