Manx Youth Cycling Tour: Hundreds to compete in Manx event

Isle of Man Youth Cycling Tour
Both Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh have competed in the Isle of Man event

Hundreds of junior cyclists from across the British Isles will contest the Isle of Man Youth Cycling Tour which begins in Douglas on Friday.

The event is once again part of both British Cycling's Youth Circuit Series and Junior Road Race Series with cyclists aged between five and 18.

A tour spokeswoman said 367 cyclists will take part - 30 more than 2016.

All riders will start the event with a prologue time trial held along Douglas promenade.

Road races are then scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday on closed roads.

The Isle of Man Youth Tour has produced Olympic, World, European and British champions including Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh.

Isle of Man Youth Cycling Tour
Road races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on closed roads in the Isle of Man

Last year Fred Wright claimed the overall junior title after three days.

Organiser Erica Bellhouse said: "We have a full Manx contingent with the Equiom Junior team racing with six riders, we also have Connor Davies returning to the Isle of Man from Belgium."

The current World Junior Cyclocross Champion and Junior Paris Roubaix champion Thomas Pidcock is also expected to compete.