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Isle of Wight Challenge Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameIsle of Wight Challenge
Distance : miles (km)65.87  (106.01)
Posted ByB16NKO
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionIsle of Wight
Start LocationCowes
End LocationCowes
Cycle Steps
IOW Challenge route for our 2011 Charity Campaign, Overall terrain is hilly towards the south of the island but otherwise relatively flat. Fair amount of street riding but balanced out by some nice country routes
Your comments?
posted by:spacemanRating : difficult :
Thanks for this , I was just about to plot a route. Will do this one weekend when I am down that way visiting my son. Looking forward to it.

posted by:BeckyRating : difficult :
Just a question.... Going to do this route in a few days time... is it suitable for road bikes or are mountain bikes needed?

posted by:B16NKORating : difficult :
More than able to do it on a road bike. Some of the roads are a bit ropey to say the least, but nothing that you can't handle with a bit of care.

posted by:BusterGRating : difficult :
Cheers for this route B16NKO!

Does it follow the Round the Island marked route?

Are there diversions on your route? I dont think the round the isle route goes all the way to Alum Bay.

Cheers Buster

posted by:amateurbikerRating : difficult :
I did this ride last week, but because I am not a serious cyclist, I did it over two days (with a rest day in between). I really enjoyed it (great weather helped!). I did the east side on one day and the west side on the second. The east side has more hills, especially along the south coast. The toughest hill was coming south into Ventnor. In the south-west, Military Road is flat, which makes a nice change! The east side has more town riding on main roads. I found the west side more scenic and with quieter roads. I printed off and followed the map from this website which is NOT the same as the round island route marked with the road signs - the latter seemed to go inland a fair bit with more hills and therefore did not strictly seem to be "Round the island" - follow the map on this website and it takes you all the way to the Needles and Alum Bay. There was just one off-road section which followed a footpath (on the north west side) but it was worth it for a great view across the Solent. The only route change I found in practice was that unfortunately you can no longer cycle past Osborne House (east of Cowes) as the map instructs you to do but instead you have to stay on the main road for a couple more miles.

posted by:JosephRating : difficult :
I am not a serious cyclist, however I am a fit young 19 year old lad, who plays alot of sports was wondering if this route would be too ambitious for someone who hasn't done a long cycle ride before??

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