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Wight Riviera Sportive - Closed Roads And Great Scenery

by Henry Peacock

The Wight Riviera Sportive, 19th May, promises closed roads, spectacular scenery and a great course; an event that's perfect for a day trip or a long weekend away with the family.


The ride starts with that 25km rolling road closure, straight out from a mass start on Yarmouth harbour front. This beautiful section of the course includes stunning cliff side coastal climbs and descents, and amazing views across the West Wight and over to the mainland, all on roads closed off especially for the ride. There are three ride distances to choose form 163, 121, and 62km in length; they all include the 25km closed road loop. The longest route contains a rather testing 2298m of climbing which should be a good Spring test for those trying to shake off their wintery legs.

The Isle of Wight has everything you could want for great sportive; miles of quiet roads, great hills, spectacular scenery, and a laid back coastal vibe that should make it a magnet for cyclists everywhere. Organisers Southern Sportive have been organising cycling events on the Island since 1992, and have used every bit of that experience to bring you the very best course this magnificent Island can offer. There are over 80 route marshals along the route to help you feel safe and let you know you're going the right way.

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The Isle of Wight has a huge choice of places to stay including options for camping, B&B, a holiday cottage or hotel. There are further travel options for those that want to come for the day and with the start of the sportive so close to the ferry terminal and start time of 9:45 it gives people an opportunity to come over in the morning, ride the event and head back across the water, this can be done for as little as £7 as a foot passenger.

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