Road racing set to return to the Isle of Wight

After the disappointment of the Tour of Britain cancellation last September, road racing is set to return to the Isle of Wight this May

Views from the Military Road towards the finish line above Freshwater. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters
Views from the Military Road. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters
(Image credit: Jack Elton-Walters)

Last September, the Tour of Britain was set to visit the Isle of Wight for the first time. Following the globally significant news of the Queen's death, on a local scale this saw the cancellation of the final three stages of the Tour of Britain, the last of which was set to be an uphill finish above the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Now with news of a possible disagreement over costs between the race's organiser and the host local authority, the possibility of a visit from professional racers is unfortunately looking less likely.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.