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Leisure, travel, charity events, social gatherings; the Island’s business community with their suits off. AUXESIA GOES FOR GOLD WITH LONGEST DAY, LONGEST RIDE Douglas-based firm Auxesia has become a gold sponsor for the Conister Bank Longest Day, Longest Ride 2018. The annual endurance mountain bike event, to be held over the weekend of 16th and 17th June, will see more than 300 participants compete in a 24-hour endurance race at Conrhenny Plantation, on the outskirts of Onchan. This year, for the first time, the event will also act as the 2018 British Solo 24-Hour Championship for anyone that enters the race as a solo competitor.  As a gold sponsor, Auxesia is pledging £800 which will help towards prize money for the top five riders, building new trails and camping facilities, and providing entertainment for competitors and supporters. Stuart Colligon, Director at Auxesia, said: ‘This is a fantastic event and we are delighted to become a gold sponsor. It has established itself as a well-organised, challenging and fun race which attracts world, European and British champions, as well as recreational riders from across the UK.’ ‘Not only is it a great sporting event, it brings more than 1,000 people from the local community together to support the riders and raise all-important funds for charities and good causes. It is a unique event for the Isle of Man and we are delighted to get the opportunity to support it.’ To find out more and register for the Conister Bank Longest Day, Longest Ride, visit www.ldlr.im Gary Cooper, founder of the Conister Bank Longest Day Longest Rid, added: ‘We are delighted to have Auxesia on board for 2018, which is a big year for this event, as we play host to the British Solo Championships. We would like to thank them for their support, which will help us take the event to the next level.’ The event aims to increase awareness of mountain biking as a sport and raise money for Island charities. Since it first began in 2010, the not-for- profit organisation has helped to raise more than £32,000 for local charities including Organ Donation Isle of Man, Kate’s Space, Hospice Isle of Man, Manx Cancer Help, and Rebecca House.  | 57