cyclingcounciliwDo you love cycling and are passionate about your bike? Would you like to be part of one of the UK’s largest cycling festivals and ride on one of the world’s best places for cycling?

If so, would you like to be a key member of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival and join up to be a volunteer ride leader?

The two week festival, which takes place between 14 – 29 September and is organised by the Isle of Wight Council, is asking that anyone who wants to be a ride leader get in touch by 5pm on Friday 12 April.

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Amongst the highlights of this year’s festival include the famous Hills Killer Challenge, the Wightlink Wight Challenge, West Wight Triathlon, Cycle the Wight and the Chevy Chase Enduro.

For those seeking something a little more gentle, there will be other rides to cater for a tastes, with one example being a story telling ride.
In addition to the rides, a number of cycle maintenance sessions are run during the festival. These are a great way to learn how to look after your bike and tackle basic maintenance tasks. They are taking place in Newport, Ryde and Sandown and will be confirmed in the festival programme.

To register your interest in being a cycle leader, email [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 12 April. Alternatively, you can call (01983) 823070.

Many of the rides are free of charge although some charge an entry fee or request a donation to charity. Each ride is graded for pace and difficulty to help people choose which rides are best for them. Full details can be found at www.sunseaandcycling.com or in the festival guide when it is issued later in June.

Photograph: Isle of Wight Council

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