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Isle of Wight Bike Day to celebrate fantastic cycling destination

Jack Elton-Walters
30 Aug 2019

Inaugural event to take place on Saturday 31st August to celebrate cycling on the glorious Isle of Wight

Rightly named the best cycling destination in the world by travel guide Lonely Planet, the Isle of Wight is known to many cyclists around the UK and the world as a fantastic place to turn the pedals. To celebrate all things cycling on the Island, this Saturday will see the inaugural Isle of Wight Bike Day held at Chessell Pottery, a popular tourist stop and cycling cafe.

What started out as a request to host an evening time-trial has spiralled into something much bigger and more inclusive. The event's organiser, Mark Giddens, was approached by the Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Team to host the final event in their TT series, along with the post-event prize presentations.

The Isle of Wight has so much to offer all kinds of cyclists - road, gravel, trails, families and more - which means that a TT event might not appeal to a full range of riders. With that in mind, Giddens grew the idea into a full day to include any interested riders and other cycling clubs.

Isle of Wight Bike Day: Key information

Date: Saturday 31st August 2019  
Time: 0900-2100  
Location: Chessell Pottery, Brook Road, Isle of Wight, PO41 0UE  
More information: facebook.com/events/333024080969342

Local news outlet, The Isle of Wight County Press, reports that the day will have three group rides, including a West Wight Wheelers-led 60km road ride starting at 09:30, a 40km road ride starting at 10:30 guided by IW Cycling and finally The Sunday Social will lead a 30km off-road ride starting at 10:00.

The day and rides are all free to attend, but nearby West Wight Sports and Community Centre is the event's nominated charity and visitors will be able to make donations on the day.

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