MANX SOLIDARITY FUND BRINGS TOGETHER LEADING TT BIKERS AND CYCLISTS FOR FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE 'NOT THE TT 2020'
MONDAY, 1ST JUNE 2020
Charity fundraiser will see participants cycle the Isle of Man TT Mountain course on Senior Race Day
TT racers include Conor Cummins and Michael Evans
Cyclist partners include Sam Brand, Anna Christian and Andrew Roche
Challenge will raise funds for the Manx Solidarity Fund, helping those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
Stars from the Isle of Man motorbike racing and cycling communities are coming together for ‘Not the TT 2020’, a fundraising challenge to support those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday 12th June, the previously scheduled date of the Isle of Man’s Senior TT Race, motorbike riders will be paired with a cyclist as they take on the Isle of Man’s 37.73-mile TT course on bicycles.
The team partnerships will be decided by a random draw, viewable online on Tuesday 2nd June. The winning pair will be decided according to which pairing raises the most money for charity.
The motorcycle racing personalities are a number of racers who would have been competing in this year’s TT - Conor Cummins, Michael Evans, Nathan Harrison, Jamie Cringle and Nigel Beattie as well as Paul Phillips who is on the TT race organising team. Their partners are accomplished cyclists Mark Christian, Anna Christian, Jessie Carridge, Tara Ferguson, Sam Brand and Andrew Roche.
The challenge will raise funds for the Manx Solidarity Fund, an Isle of Man-registered charitable trust that delivers funds to those on the Island who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Supporters are encouraged to donate £1 for every mile cycled to their pairing of choice. Donations can be made via the Manx Solidarity Fund website or dedicated JustGiving page.
Conor Cummins, motorcycle road racer, says: “It’s going to be a different type of challenge for me going around the course on a bicycle, but I’m excited to get out there. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dreadful impact for so many, but I hope that ‘Not the TT 2020’ will bring some positivity to the Island. The funds raised by this challenge will support those on the Island who need it most.”
Melanie Kermeen, Director, Manx Solidarity Fund, says: “We are so grateful for the support of these intrepid riders. Many of us on the Island and around the world are lamenting the loss of the TT this year, especially with the current amazing Manx weather. We hope this challenge will bring a ray of TT sunshine from our Island to wherever you are in the world and we look forward to welcoming you back next year. Good luck to the six teams who are competing to raise as much money as possible. Enjoy it and cycle safely!”
Supporters will be able to follow the progress of the pairs via online updates on the social pages of Manx Solidarity Fund and news site, Gef the Mongoose. Details of start times and ETAs will be revealed closer to the challenge.
Due to restrictions, supporters will not be able to ride with the teams. Instead, supporters are encouraged to donate and support the riders from safe spectator points on the course, adhering to social-distancing. Further details on virtual support events and participants will be announced closer to the challenge.
The organisers are building in a strong element of road safety and cycling advice from experts for ‘Not The TT 2020’, to encourage motorists and cyclists to share our roads in safety.