Cycling on the Isle of WightThe Isle of Wight is a fantastic destination for cyclists, boasting dramatic coastline, beautiful countryside and miles of trails. Whatís more, the Island has recently been described by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best cycling spots in the world, citing the varied terrain, lush velvet hills and chalk cliffs and the abundance of gastropubs and slick hotels for cyclists to take a break.
The Isle of Wightís diverse terrain offers a great variety of road cycling, touring and mountain biking and there are cycling paths and trails for all levels of rider from families looking for leisure cycling routes to downhill mountain biking, dirt jumping and racing.
Road cycling is excellent on the Island, with over 200 miles of routes to suit everyone. Follow quiet country lanes, meandering through areas of outstanding natural beauty and enjoy the stunning views from one of the costal paths. The West of the Island is particularly good for mountain biking with its undulating countryside and steep downhill sections.
As well as offering great cycling opportunities all year round, the Island boasts a highly popular cycling festival, held each September. The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival attracts thousands of cyclists every year and consists of over 60 rides designed to perfectly take in the stunning rolling countryside. Perfect for cyclists of all ages, the festival has rides to suit all abilities from gentle rides with stops at a local pub, to the Hills Killer, a gruelling orienteering based mountain bike endurance challenge over 3, 7 or 14 hills.
The cycling festival isnít the only cycling event on the Island however, thereís an Isle of Wight Randonee in May, organised by the Wayfarers CTC club. It offers a choice of 100km or 55km rides anti-clockwise around the Island and is extremely popular, so advance booking is recommended.
If you donít have your own bike, thereís no need to miss out on the opportunity to cycle on the Island, as there are a choice of local companies offering cycle hire. Most hire companies have modern mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, road bikes and some even have electric bikes available to hire. Locks, pumps, puncture repair kits and maps are included and child seats, tag-a-longs and trailers are also often available.