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'No greater place for cycling' than Isle of Wight

Wed 7 Sep 2011

'No greater place for cycling' than Isle of Wight

With the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival taking place this month, a member of the island's council has stated there is no better place for keen bikers to head to for a holiday.

Speaking shortly after Lonely Planet named the Isle of Wight in the top ten destinations in the world for a cycling break, George Brown, Isle of Wight Council deputy leader and cabinet member for the economy and the environment, hailed the varied terrain on offer on the island.

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival gets underway on September 17th and this year, the organisers have introduced a number of new events for visitors to take part in.

An evening challenge has been set up to coordinate with the Isle of Pink fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Campaign and this will be held at Smallbrook Stadium on September 22nd.

Bikes are available for hire on the night for those who do not have them and obstacle courses will be set up to make it more of a fun occasion.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in pink, as well as decorating their cycles in the hue, while games will also take place during the course of the evening.

Another of the new events for the 2011 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival is one that has been designed especially for children under the age of three.

Parents can guide their little ones around a paddling pool shaped like the island in Ventnor, with a ride down the seafront later in the day to round off the Cycle the Wight Toddlebike Challenge.

Mr Brown said: "The festival forms a key part of the council's events programme which seeks to extend the tourist season outside the main summer period.

"With so many rides to choose from we look forward to welcoming both visitors and residents to what promises to be an enjoyable nine days of cycling."

The launch of the 2011 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival has been replaced with a celebration of the bicycle which will get the event underway on September 17th.

As well as this, St James' Square in Newport will be hosting the Carbon Cycle Celebration on September 24th, aimed at educating locals and those on Isle of Wight holidays on the environmental benefits of taking to the roads on two wheels rather than four.

Live music will be performed as part of the entertainment throughout the day, along with bike stunt displays, while people will be able to learn all about the advantages of riding a bicycle, such as the savings on not having to buy petrol for a car.

Some of the popular rides from previous years of the festival will be returning, including the main Cycle the Wight challenge, which sees veteran and experienced cyclists attempt to travel around the whole perimeter of the island.

Also included during the course of the event are a range of bike maintenance sessions that are being held in order to allow beginners the chance to learn more about how to look after their mode of transport.

According to the organisers of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, the island is the ideal place to get away from the stresses of daily life, pointing out it is located only two miles away from the mainland and can be reached within a couple of hours from the centre of London.

Tips issued to those who choose to book Isle of Wight holidays in order to take part in rides being held as part of the event include fitting a bell to their bike and always following the Highway Code while on board their vehicle.

Posted by Adam PearsonADNFCR-3083-ID-800721359-ADNFCR

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