As the world’s best professional cyclists prepare to take on the Tour of Britain this autumn, ferry company Wightlink is shining a light on the delights and challenges of the final leg of the race around and across the Isle of Wight .
Experienced local cyclists have produced a short film for the ferry company to reveal the dramatic scenery and challenging elevations that await up to 120 cyclists on Sunday 11 September.
The 8-day race starts in Aberdeen on Sunday September 4 and finishes here on the island, with the final 150km stage starting in Ryde and finishing in The Needles.
Members of the Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team know the roads of the island better than anyone and are happy to share their insights in the film.
Julie Cooper of the Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Racing Team says:
“We are absolutely delighted that the eyes of the world are on the Isle of Wight as the Tour of Britain reaches its climax. Due to the significant improvements made to the island over the past few years, we are truly fortunate to be able to ride on some of the best road surfaces in the country, as professional cyclists will discover in September.
Commentary for the film is provided by rider Martin Sanders who has been with the Wightlink-Wight Mountain cycle racing team since 2015. Martin says:
“The Tour of Britain will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting cycling events ever to be held on the Isle of Wight. We are delighted to see some of the best riders in the world tackling the roads on which we have the chance to train week after week, we can’t wait for September!
Wightlink Managing Director Keith Greenfield adds:
“We have a long and proud history of supporting the Wightlink-Wight Mountain cycle racing team and we are truly delighted that they have shared their in-depth knowledge of the circuit route. Their film showcases the stunning landscapes of the island and highlights the island as a top destination for cyclists.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain and look forward to bringing competitors and spectators to the island. We are sure it will be an exciting end to the 2022 Tour of Britain.”
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Keen amateur cyclists can experience the island’s best cycling conditions for themselves, as the Wightlink-Wight Mountain Bike Racing Team will be hosting their own IOW Open Time Trial Championship event on Sunday, September 4. The team chose a classic sporting route covering plenty of roads to take in the Tour of Britain the following week. See www.facebook.co.uk/WightlinkRT for details.