The cyclists in Yarmouth. Picture by Peter Boam.
MORE than 650 people took part in the first-ever Cycle Wight event over the weekend.
The event, a series of circular routes starting from Yarmouth, from a small family ride up to a much more challenging 154km, took in some the Island’s most stunning countryside.
Cycle Wight was established to encourage families — and those who take cycling more seriously — to discover the beauty of the countryside and to boost the Isle of Wight tourist trade.
It featured a 25km cycle route that was closed off to traffic called the Wight Riviera Sportive.
Co-organiser of the event, Martin Harrison, of Reading, estimated over 650 cyclists took part over the weekend and believes the Island has great potential to host similar events of this type in the future.
"Introducing rolling road closures was key to making this event happen and giving it its appeal. If the Island supports the event, the event will support the Island," he said.