The Isle of Man in the Irish Sea is a wild, wet and windy haven for adventurous cyclists and on this trip I pushed my legs to the limit, slogging up the same hills where Mark Cavendish trained as a boy.
As the road cuts through khaki glens and snakes past vast meadows of mauve heather, the small settlement of Castletown emerges. This was the island’s capital until 1869 and at its heart lies Castle Rushen – a well-preserved medieval fortification, towering ominously over the market square.
Here it’s possible to refuel on homemade Manx pasties and cream teas before setting off to the west coast beyond Port St Mary and Port Erin, to begin the gruelling ascent over the island’s second highest peak, the Sloc.
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August 20, 2017