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Sun, Sea and Cycling – the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Sun, Sea and Cycling – the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

September sees the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival arriving on our shores, giving cyclists the opportunity to experience some of the Island’s most beautiful and unspoilt countryside.

Toddle bikingThere are almost 60 fantastic rides between September 22nd and 30th this year with options for all levels – whether you are a regular cyclist or infrequent rider there is something that will suit you. These include several Spin Fit Challenges on static spinning bikes, a Cycle the Wight Toddlebike Challenge for the under threes in Newport’s St James’s Square and a Sunshine Special from Shanklin to Godshill along the old railway track.

Plus there is entertainment for spectators and you mustn’t forget to sample the great local food and drink. Visit the festival’s website so you can plan additional activities.

Cycling under bridgeOver half the Isle of Wight is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and we have miles of dramatic and breath-taking coastline and unspoilt countryside. There are over 200 miles of well-maintained and signposted cycle tracks, byways and bridleways and also plenty of trails for you to explore.

Carbon Cycle Celebration to Open the Show

To open the festival on Saturday September 22 there will be a special Carbon Cycle Celebration in St James’s Square from 11am till 3pm to celebrate one of the best ever invented modes of transport: the bike!

The carbon cycle celebration aims to highlight the amazing efficiency of the ‘steel horse’ as well as all the environmental advantages that come with it, such as cleaner air and less noise pollution plus better health for all!

Enjoy live music from Derek Sandy and FAT Samba or watch amazing mountain bike shows and witness riders launching into the air to ridiculous heights and performing unbelievable stunts!

Have a go at the challenging obstacle course, learn new cycling skills or join in with the free guided ride. Plus there will be cycle security information, road safety displays and family entertainment including face painting and magic from David Randini.

Cycle the Wight

Cycling towards FreshwaterCycle the Wight on Saturday September 29th is one of the most popular events with 70 mile road ride around the Island. A shorter 50 mile is also on offer. Sponsored by the British Heart Foundation you register at www.bhf.org.uk

Three Day Sportive

New for this year is the three day sportive that covers the Isle of Wight and the New Forest with a stop-over in both areas. Covering approximately 100 miles a day and devised with knowledge of the local area, there is plenty of amazing scenery to take your mind off of the pain, according to organisers

Police and Thieves

Also new for 2012 is the Police Cycle the Wight that is only open to police staff and goes from police station to station. But the two rides in Parkhurst Forest on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th are open to all for wildlife spotting – and hopefully no escaped convicts, say organisers.

Hills Killer Mountain Bike Challenge

The festival’s most difficult cycle ride must be the popular Hills Killer Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday September 23rd. This event lets you choose from a 13, 26 or 52 mile course and take on the challenge of an orienteering event against the clock as you pit your bike against three, seven or fourteen hills. Register at www.sunseaandcycling.com