Sunday 1st May, 65+ Miles, 3000 ft climbing, it can only be the Isle of Wight Randonnee, 5 Cyclists met at the ‘Kite hill’ campsite, Wootton, on a cool, but gloriously Sunny day, with some campers still ‘de-frosting’, taking the ‘clockwise route’ via Havenstreet, Upton, Nettlestone, St. Helens to Bembridge for the 1st Tea stop & checkpoint, also gathering 1 more member, then Yarbridge, Adgestone to Alverstone for the next checkpoint, with 1 member having a’gearshift failure’, (did that slow him down, not a bit of it), Winford, Sandford, Wroxall, Upper Ventnor, to Whitwell for the 3rd Checkpoint, Niton, the long climb to Blackgang, Chale, -where a small detachment took a detour, via Chale green, Kingston & Shorewell-,others Atherfield, Yafford-, Brightstone, Mottistone to Brook, -with 1 member missing both of the quiet options, taking the shortcut on the ‘A’ Road, all back together for Freshwater to Yarmouth, for the 2nd Tea & refreshment stop & 4th Checkpoint, then Thorley, Wellow, Newbridge, Newtown, Porchfield, Gurnard, Cowes for the ‘Chain ferry’ & the 5th Checkpoint, then with some very tired legs on the last big climb, to Whippingham, Wootton Creek back to the Campsite. Total 66 Miles.
A smaller party of 4 Cyclists started from Alverstone, Newchurch, on ‘Sustrans’ route 23, Merstone, Blackwater, Newport to Cowes, the Chain ferry & Checkpoint 1 Whippingham to Wootton & Checkpoint 2, Havenstreet, Nettlestone, St. Helens to Bembridge for Tea & refreshments and Checkpoint 3, then Yarbridge to Alverstone. Total 34 Miles.
PS. 1 other Cyclist starting from Alverstone completed the longer 66 Mile route. Well done all who took part.