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Festive race gives cyclists the chance to banish the winter blues

Thu 7 Nov 2013

Festive race gives cyclists the chance to banish the winter blues

Although many people view the festive season as the perfect chance to kick back, take it easy and overindulge, cyclists heading to the Isle of Wight at the end of November will be able to enjoy a wintry ride through some stunning countryside.
 
Wiggle's Wight Winter Sportive is  a challenging road ride, departing from Yarmouth and then heading around the island in an anti-clockwise direction.
 
The route will take riders past the stunning cliffs of Alum Bay and the Needles before hugging the coastline along the old military road, offering breathtaking views across the English Channel.
 
While the route does involve two challenging climbs, organisers promise that all participants will be able to enjoy two 'festive feasts' along the way - helping to boost their energy levels, while also injecting a dose of Christmas cheer into the event.
 
The Wiggle Wight Winter Sportive will take place on Sunday November 30th, with riders of all abilities welcome to join in, though spaces are limited.
 
Alongside an 'epic' 62-mile course, the event will also feature a standard 42-mile trip, both of which start and end in the bustling harbour town of Yarmouth.
 
Entry fees start at just £30 and all finishers will be rewarded with a commemorative T-shirt and participants will be able to make use of on-site mechanical support, bike wash facilities, free energy drinks and snacks, and official event photography.
 
The Isle of Wight is widely-regarded as one of the best places in the British Isles for road cycling, with thousands of enthusiasts heading over on the ferry each year to take advantage of quiet roads, picturesque routes and warm hospitality.
 
As well as miles and miles of coastal roads, the island also boasts long stretches of old railway lines that are perfect for families enjoying cycling holidays over the summer months, in addition to quiet bridleways that cut through quaint villages and unspoilt countryside.
 
The Isle of Wight tourist board offers a range of maps and guides designed for cyclists of all ages and experience. 

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