Isle of Wight Cycling & Mountain Biking
Cycling & Mountain Biking on the Isle of Wight
The Lonely Planet has recently named the Isle of Wight as one of the ten best cycling destinations in the world. The diverse terrain offers a great variety of road cycling, touring and mountain biking. There are cycling routes, paths and trails for all levels of rider, from family leisure cycling to downhill mountain biking, dirt jumping to road racing.
Hiring bikes on the Isle of Wight is easy. You can organise cycle hire from a choice of local companies who have a wealth of experience. Most have modern mountain, hybrid or road bikes available to hire and will include locks, pumps, puncture repairs kits and maps. Some hire companies also offer child seats, tag-a-longs, trailers and more. Here are a selection of the cycle hire companies on the Isle of Wight: -
To make things easier, Red Funnel has teamed up with Top Gear Cycle Hire in Cowes to offer a combined Red Jet and Cycle Hire package for Ladies, Gents and Children. To book and for more information, click here
Road cycling and touring is excellent on the Island with over 200 miles of routes to suit everyone. There are quiet country lanes that meander through areas of outstanding natural beauty, and some excellent coastal paths. One of the newest purpose built paths is Route 23, part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, which runs from West Cowes through to Sandown on the South-Easterley edge of the Island. September sees the Isle of Wight Cycling festival take over the Island with events to suit cyclists of all abilities. To find out more visit our events section.
The West of the Island is particularly good for mountain biking, with its undulating countryside and steep downhill sections which will keep even the most hardened bikers entertained. In May the Island plays host to the Isle of Wight Randonnee, and in September you can participate in the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival which attracts fans from all over the country. See our events section to find out more.
Need some spares? Need some repairs? or just fancy checking out some new components for your bike or clothing for yourself? Check out the excellent selection of bike shops on the Isle of Wight. Stocking all the major brands in Mountain Biking from Specialized, Commencal, Marin, Hope, Rock Shox, Giant and Fox Racing Shox and all the major brands in Road Cycling from Scott, Trek, Charge and Pashley. The shops are locally owned and run by riders for riders, regardless of your budget and skill level, they'll be happy to help.
There are numerous establishments on the Isle of Wight that welcome cyclists and mountain bikers, so that offer secure bike storage and cleaning facilities. Red Funnel Holidays offer a selection of accommodation, perfect for a cycling break, check out our Isle of Wight cycling friendly accommodation.
Wight Cycle Hire offer Guided Rides to all group sizes and abilities. Perfect for small groups who want to make the most of their ride time and perhaps enjoy some on ride skills training to the larger organised groups requiring a structured, planned and risk assessed cycling adventure. All are guides are OTC qualified, CRB checked and hold current first aid certificates.
- Wight Cycle Hire/Wight Off Road 01983 761800
Cycling Clubs & Teams
There are several friendly cycling and mountain bike clubs on the Isle of Wight if your are looking for a club to ride with or for the latest events. The Isle of Wight is also home to Team Wight Mountain/Red Funnel who compete in almost all cycling disciplines including cyclo-cross, downhill mountain biking, enduro, XC, navigational and 24hr races.
Throughout the year, there are a whole host of Cycling Events on the Isle of Wight. In September, there is an annual celebration of pedalling, with the Red Funnel sponsored Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. The Festival has a whole host of rides from epic mountain endurance event 'The Hills Killer' to 'Round the Island' a road ride that follows the Island's stunning coastline. The Isle of Wight Randonee in May is organised by the Wayfarers CTC club and offers a choice of 100km or 55km rides anti-clockwise round the Island and is extremely popular, so booking your space early is essential.
Get the latest cycling or mountain biking news. New product development, kit reviews, rider reviews, team news and riding advise. Here are a selection of national sites which are frequently updated.
Taking bikes to the Isle of Wight
Travel with your bike is simple. Red Funnel offer a frequent ferry service to East Cowes, bicycles travel FREE.
Isle of Wight Cycling Trails or Routes
- Map Ref 1. East Cowes 15km/9miles
- Map Ref 2. Cowes 28km/16 miles
- Map Ref 3. Newport 16km/10 miles
- Map Ref 4. Yarmouth 15km/9 miles
- Map Ref 5. Brighstone 16km/10 miles
- Map Ref 6. Brighstone 20km/12 miles
- Ryde 25km/15m
- Ryde 25km/15m
- Newport 16km/10m
- Carisbrooke 19km/12m
- Sandown 8km/5m
- Shanklin 19km/12m
- Round the Island Cycle Route (National Route 67)