Isle of Wight Randonnée
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The Isle of Wight Randonnée is a yearly cycling event that takes place on the Sunday of the early May bank holiday weekend. The event is organised by the local Wayfarers Cycle Touring Club and consists of two rides - a 100 km round the Island Route, and a 55 km Ride that covers the East side of the Isle of Wight. The Randonnée is the largest event of its kind on the South Coast of England, attracting around 1500 cyclists each year.
Wayfarers Cycle Touring Club
The Wayfarers was founded in 1983 by several like minded individuals who enjoyed the gentle pursuit of cycletouring. The mainstay of the club is the Sunday morning club run - details of which can be found Wayfarers website. During the course of the year there are numerous kinds of ride such as 'easy riders' (slower paced rides), 'stove rides', mainland rides, Summer Solstice ride, camping and 'off road rides'. At other times club members can be found taking week-long tours of the Lake District or exploring the by-ways of France.
The Isle of Wight Randonnée was established by the Wayfarers in 1985 and like the yearly Cycle the Wight event 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.