Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2012
22nd - 30th September 2012

Wight Riviera Sportive, 20th May 2012

Author: Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, Dated: 01/03/2020

The atmosphere is there from the go, with a mass start lead out from Yarmouth harbour front, leading into the 25km closed road Avant loop; an innovation in sportive course design that brings a new and exciting edge to the event! After a short, controlled rollout, you're released to enjoy the traffic free Avant loop, taking you past the iconic Needles and through pretty Freshwater Bay before the coast road climb of Compton Down cranks up to separate the men from the boys. The loop returns back north through the west Wight countryside and concludes with a quick circuit back at the event centre in Yarmouth, and then straight back out on the open roads for the rest of the sportive.

The Isle of Wight opens up to you from here, with a low lying north western leg concluding at Carisbrooke Castle, before the long, straight climb over into Shorwell deposits in the heart of the Island hills. Steep chalk downs rise across most of the Island, and are criss-crossed by miles of beautiful, quite country lanes. The route uses these to full effect, leading you on a grand tour of this south coast gem. A classic downland profile racks up the climbing to give you a proper test, while the scenery provides classic English countryside, villages and sea view after sea view to lift your spirits and spur you on! This is a small island with a big heart, and wealth of opportunities to offer the cyclist; discover it at it's best on the Wight Riviera Sportive!

  • Includes 25km closed road Avant loop
  • 154km, 110km  & 65km route options
  • Full and comprehensive route marking
  • Route maps & GPS
  • Well stocked feed and support stations
  • Event village with stalls and entertainment
  • Free event t shirt
  • Electronic rider timing

Prices

  • Full Route £38
  • Mid Route £38
  • Short Route £36

    Enter at  www.cyclewight.co.uk
Gallery
The Belmont - Cycle Breaks

Guided cycle tour's. Groups of 4 to 8 persons.
50-100 miles with local Experienced guide/mechanic.
Secure lockup storage.
Recovery Service if needed.
The Isle of Wight’s first dedicated mountain bike trail centre is now open at Cheverton Farm near Shorwell.