18th - 26th
Welcome to the Isle of Wight's Cycling Festival - a 9 day bonanza of cycling mania! This year sees some marked changes to the festival as we strive to make this event even more accessible to all. New for 2004 are the 'Bike The Wight' a round the Island route and the 'mini Bike the Wight' on Sunday 19th September, with hundreds expected to participate on this gruelling 68 mile course. Bike the Wight follows a highly successful event "The Isle of Wight Randonnee" which has been run by the Wayfarers club since 1985 (for more information on The Isle of Wight Randonnee which takes place on 2nd May 2004 please visit www.cycleisland.co.uk). We are also adding to the already popular '7 Hill Killer' by introducing an event for novices - the '3 Hill Killer', not forgetting the '14 Hill Killer' for the experts.
year there truly is a route for everyone, including those
who only dust down the pedals once a year. There is no need to
be expert or an enthusiast, just oil those wheels and get on yer
bike. For a full programme of events click here.
The Island is ideally suited to leisure cycling. It is packed with
places of interest, areas of Outstanding Beauty, attractive villages,
stately homes, beaches, hills, bridle paths, cycle paths, stunning
scenery, pubs, cafes, tearooms and bike friendly accommodation.
Everywhere on the Island is a manageable ride from else where,
so you’ll only need pedal power once you are here.
Off Road Cycling
Major Events to put in your diary now!
The Island boasts some of the best off road routes in the country,
whether you’re looking for challenging pathways or just
an enjoyable day in the countryside. Because of the varied terrain
and steep downs, it is possible to get a tremendous variety of
views on a relatively short ride.
18th September - Festival Launch St Thomas’s
19th September - Bike the Wight - Randonnee
A circular ride around the Island with the official start and finish
at Ryde takes you on a 68 mile journey of stunning scenery. This
event is not a race but a test of endurance raising money for
Jubilee Nursery a charity for special needs children. Refreshments
and toilets will be available along the route. Registration will
take place a Waterside Café (next door to Waterside Swimming
pool, along Canoe Lake, Ryde). We are expecting a high level
of entries, so please register in advance to avoid queues. A
registration fee of £5 (all of which goes to the charity)
is deducted from any sponsorship money raised. For your registration
and sponsorship form, please contact Ruth Jones, Wight Leisure
on 01983 823347 or email email@example.com.
19th September - Bike the Wight -Mini Randonnee
This mini event is suitable for families and children who want
to feel a part of the full Bike the Wight route. This event raises
money for charity Jubilee (disabled children). Registration is
free to children, with the £2 registration fee for adults
going straight to the charity. Sponsorship for this event is
welcome, and sponsorship forms will be sent out with registration
forms. Start and Finish points for this event are from Waterside
Café (Canoe Lake) in Ryde. This is not a race, but a challenge
for young people and less accomplished cyclists to complete the
15 mile circuit. For a registration form and further details,
please contact Ruth Jones, Wight Leisure on 01983 823347 or email
Sunday 26th September
This ever-popular orienteering and endurance event is divided into
three separate events for 2004:
Hills Novice (new for 2004)'
'7 Hills Intermediate'
'14 Hills Expert'
Take on the
challenge of an orienteering ride against the clock, as you pit
your bike and stamina against either the 3, 7 or 14
hills. For the 7 Hill Killer start at Freshwater and make your
way across the Downs towards Sandown or…..if you’re
tough enough for the 14 Hill Killer, start at Sandown and ride
to Freshwater and back again. For all those that survive there’ll
be refreshments and entertainments at the finish point.
The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival is Supported by Wight
Leisure and the Isle
of Wight Council.
Contact Ruth Jones at Wight Leisure on 01983 82 33 47 or by email
This site and the diary of events are being updated
all the time so keep an eye out for more information.