Taking place each September, the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival provides cyclists with the opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience some of the Island’s most beautiful, unspoilt countryside.
The festival has been running for many years in one form or another and was launched by the Isle of Wight Council due to the popularity of off road cycling on the Isle of Wight.
It was originally held during the first May Bank Holiday, but has been in its current format since 2003 where it now includes nearly 70 different rides and events.
The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival offers a fantastic variety of rides available for all skill levels, so whether you're a regular cyclist or an infrequent rider, there are plenty of routes to choose from.
The festival encompasses popular events such as the 70-mile Cycle the Wight, Chevy Chase Enduro, Hills Killer mountain bike challenge, the West Wight Triathlon and Wightlink Wight Challenge.
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, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to explore on two wheels.
Lonely Planet has named the Isle of Wight as one of the best places to cycle in the world and the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival provides the perfect opportunity for you to find out why. Get on your bike and gently pedal through quaint villages boasting chocolate box thatched houses, or scale the chalky hills to west and really test out those leg muscles!
Cycling is a fantastically fun, convenient and healthy way to get around and it’s the perfect way to explore the Isle of Wight’s countryside - up close and at your own pace, stopping off to see the sights along the way and resting with a well-earned picnic or pub lunch!
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