Isle of Wight Cycling Festival offers host of bike events

September festival of cycling includes over 60 rides, a people-powered cycle cinema and much more - Runs over September 13-28

Words by Chris Marshall-Bell

Organisers of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival have begun revealing the programme of events for this September’s two-week staging.

Run annually, the popular event has over 60 rides which will be available to enter in June.

The five main attractions span across three weekends, with the Cycle Cinema getting the festivities under way on Saturday, September 13. Up to a dozen people will generate energy by pedalling to enable films to be shown.

On Sunday, September 14, mountain bikers can choose from 13, 26 or 52-mile routes in the Hills Killer which is an orienteering event against the clock. Those who opt for the longest route will tackle 14 hills.

The following Saturday (September 20) it is the Wight Challenge that takes top billing. Competitors will be required to ride a 19 mile mountain bike route, canoe two miles and then run eight miles in teams of three.

A 70-mile road ride taking in the island’s rural countryside and coast is on September 21; the British Heart Foundation ride also has a shorter 50-mile route.

And on the final Sunday (September 28) the West Wight Triathlon, consisting of 600m pool swim, 35km cycling and a 7.5km run, concludes the fortnightly activities.

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