Shoprite ends Cycle4Life after 25 years

Manx Food retailer Shoprite has decided to end its annual Shoprite Cycle4Life race following the 25th anniversary of the event in 2016.  The conclusion coincides with the decision of ex International Cycle week organiser Mike O’Hare to retire from organising the race.

The event, which was first run in 1992 has seen thousands of competitors - young and old - participate in the series of races including the children’s races and the mountain course relay that saw many of the island’s leading companies, sporting teams, associations and organisations tackle the iconic 37 ¾ mile Mountain course in a seven leg challenge.

Recently the event incorporated a solo time trial as well as the team relay and in 2015 Peter Kennaugh broke Chris Boardman’s outright lap record, set in 1993, with a time of 1:23.48, six seconds inside the old record.

The event was run as a fundraiser for Isle of Man charities and in its twenty-five year history hundreds of thousands of pounds has been donated to a total of 34 Isle of Man registered charities in the sporting and social sectors.

Shoprite will continue to run a number of charitable fundraising initiatives including in-store staff fundraising days, voucher donations as well as the hugely popular bag packs that raise hundreds of thousands of pounds annually for community charity initiatives.  The company is looking to continue its support and involvement with some of the island’s leading sporting, arts and social events.

Mike O’Hare, President of Isle of Man Cycling and Organiser of the Shoprite Cycle for Life Charity event said:

“Everyone associated with the event is really proud of what we have achieved but following last year’s successful 25th anniversary event, we feel it is probably an appropriate time to finish.  When we started there were very few races for the enthusiastic cyclist and we feel that we have kick started a movement that now sees races available for riders of all ages and abilities almost every week.”

He continued:

“I have many great memories of seeing juniors taking their first wobbles in a competitive race and later taking up the sport seriously. One of my particular favourite memories is seeing Peter Kennaugh claiming the Mountain course record for the Isle of Man in 2015 even though it cost us a few quid.”

He concluded:

“It only remains for me to thank everyone who worked on the event and contributed to make it such a success including Shoprite staff who gave up their time so freely as well as volunteers, the many Sponsors, the thousands of competitors who took part, many of the island’s leading companies, organisations and charities as well as the police and emergency services who provided the essential support to enable us to run for twenty-five years.”