The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival gives cyclists the opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience some of the Island’s most beautiful, unspoilt countryside. The festival includes a host of fantastic rides with options for all levels – whether you are a regular cyclist or infrequent rider there is something for everyone!
The Cycling Festival celebrates the Island’s positions as a leading cycling destination – one of the world’s best cycling routes according to Lonely Planet! With its miles of dramatic and breath-taking coastline, picturesque countryside and over 200 miles of well-maintained and signposted cycle tracks, byways and bridleways, there are plenty of trails for you to explore. In addition over half of the Island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sponsored by Red Funnel, Wightlink and Visit Isle of Wight, the event takes place between 5 – 27 September and includes 80 rides, with a great range of family events from fossil rides to story rides, toddlers tea parties and Geocaching by bike.
There are also some great new additions to the programme including a yoga for cyclists ride, mountain bike coaching courses and the Around the Wight Triathlon. This joins favourites including the Wightlink Wight Challenge, Cycle the Wight and the Cycle Cinema.
During the festival, a team from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service set off on their ‘100There’ part of their fundraising challenge and are giving you the opportunity to join them on their last training ride.
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Launch
Saturday 5 September
Watch amazing mountain bike stunt shows or have a go at the pump track or challenging obstacle course at this event at Seaclose Park. There will be cycle security information, road safety displays, family entertainment and more. A Junior Cyclo-cross will also be taking place!
Saturday 5 September
The outdoor Cycle Cinema is run using pedal-power. There’s no stored energy – just the pedalling power of about a dozen people, so if the cycling stops, so does the film!
It’s time to vote for which film you’d like to see shown at the outdoor pedal powered cinema at Seaclose Park on Saturday 5 September. Choose between Jurassic Park, The Truman Show, Mamma Mia, Paddington or Shaun the Sheep. Visit the Cycling Festival website at www.isleofwightcyclingfestival.co.uk to cast your vote.
The MTB Slammer
Sunday 6 September
A mountain bike event taking in some of the Island’s best trails. Find out why the Isle of Wight is one of the best places to cycle in the world and test your skills with this sign posted off-road route. A 25km and 50km route are available.
Cycle the Wight
Sunday 20 September
A fantastic way to spend an Autumn Sunday, the Cycle the Wight has something for everyone as there is a choice of 50 miles or 70 miles which follow the clockwise Island cycle route using (mostly) minor roads and lanes. Whether you are a group of friends looking for a challenge or a cycling enthusiast searching for your next challenge, be sure to get involved. So come along, have fun, get fit and save lives with the British Heart Foundation!
Wightlink Wight Challenge
Saturday 26 September
Teams of three take on a 19 mile (mostly offroad) cycle, two mile open canoe and eight mile fun. A challenging fun day raising money for Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer and The Rainbow Centre. Free ferry travel is offered for this event by sponsors Wightlink.
To request a copy of the programme, please call (01983) 823070 or visit www.isleofwightcyclingfestival.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isleofwightcyclingfestival and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/iwcyclingfest for further news and details.