The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
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Isle of Wight Cycling Festival - Sun Sea and Cycling!

18th - 26th September 2004

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.

This 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.

Leisure Cycling
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
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.

Major Events to put in your diary now!
Saturday 18th September - Festival Launch St Thomas’s Square

Sunday 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 ruth.jones@iow.gov.uk.


Sunday 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 ruth.jones@iow.gov.uk.

Sunday 26th September
This ever-popular orienteering and endurance event is divided into three separate events for 2004:

'3 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.

Wight Leisure website Isle of Wight Council Website http://www.islandbreaks.co.ukhttp://www.redfunnel.co.uk/cycling

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 ruth.jones@iow.gov.uk
This site and the diary of events are being updated all the time so keep an eye out for more information.