hillskillerTime is running out for cyclists to register online for one of the Isle of Wight’s toughest cycling events. 

The Hills Killer Challenge takes place on Sunday 15th September and is part of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival which begins on the Saturday. The Hills Killer is the ultimate off-road cycling endurance challenge.

Participants can register online until Wednesday (11th September), or they can register on the day itself. Anyone registering online for the seven or fourteen hills challenge by Wednesday will receive a £5 discount.

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The three hills killer costs £10 and is free for under 18s. The seven and fourteen hills killer events cots £25 on the day, or £20 if booked by Wednesday. For under 18s, the cost of these two events is £10.

With a choice of three, seven or fourteen hills, the challenge combines orienteering, cycling skills and strength, in a race against the clock. Hundreds of competitors take part, ranging from beginners to veterans.

Cyclists of all ages will take on 13, 26 or 52 mile off-road routes with everyone given an electronic timing device. This is worn around the wrist and inserted into the various checkpoints which are revealed on the morning of the challenge.

Once all checkpoints have been logged, cyclists make their way to the finish line at West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater, where the times are collated.

The Hills Killer is one of many rides for all abilities that make up the famous Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. There are dozens to choose from, including a fossil hunt ride, a trip along the Tennyson Trail and a 70 mile round the Island journey.

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There are also cycling workshops where participants learn all about how to look after your bicycle. Full details are available on the website or in the festival’s programme which is available from council help centres and libraries.

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