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Hundreds of cyclists arriving on the Island yesterday morning (Sunday) for the Isle of Wight Randonnee were welcomed by Wightlink staff with bottles of Wight Crystal water.

The cyclists, who were travelling to take part in the annual bank holiday Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club Isle of Wight Randonnee, had travelled across on the Lymington to Yarmouth route to one of the key checkpoints in Yarmouth to start either a 100km or 55km route.

The IoW Randonnee was established by the Wayfarers in 1985 and uniquely follows a route around the whole of the Isle of Wight taking minor roads and lanes where possible enabling the rider to see and enjoy the best of the Island’s scenery. The free family friendly event attracts around 3,000 participants each year.

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Wightlink Operations Director Elwyn Dop said:

“We had so many cyclists booked on our crossings this morning to take part in the event and thought, as it was likely to be thirsty work, that we would help them on their way with a bottle of local Wight Crystal water.”

The wet and windy weather didn’t deter the thousands of cyclists from enjoying the Island’s countryside without incident.

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