Isle of Wight Randonnee

The IoW Randonnee is an annual free to enter cycling event comprising a marshalled 100km circuit of the island, with checkpoints and feeding stations. Never having done "the ton", this ride has been on my hit list for a while now, and various factors mean 2013 will be my last opportunity for a couple of years, so I'm in- care to join me?

Obviously not one for the faint hearted, pre-registration is now closed though I understand you can register on the day. The above map gives the route, although it will be done clockwise this year. There is over 3500' of climbing, although it's in short sharp bursts, and the only 2 big hills come at the southern tip of the island, around 30 miles in, when we should be nicely warmed up but with plenty left in our legs :-)

My revised plan is to catch the 07:41 train from Guildford station, which connects with the 09:15 ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde as a foot passenger. We'll each circumnavigate at our own pace, so it's down to you what time you get home- I'm hoping to be back in time for dinner :-)




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  • Ellie L

    There is a sportive on in Guildford next Sunday if anybody has caught the bug: http://www.surreysportspark.co.uk/events/calendar/cycle_surgery_long_leg_sportive_2013.htm

    May 11, 2013

  • Lisa

    Great day, thanks Mike and thanks to the whole group, particularly Freja for nursing me back on to my bike.

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Ellie L

      Is it feeling any better today?

      May 6, 2013

    • Lisa

      Yes thanks. My chin is black and most people think I've smudged black ink on it. If only I could wash it off!

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just want to echo the same comments as the rest of the group. Great day out and thanks for organising it Mike.
    For those who missed it here's some photo's to wet your appetite for next year

    May 8, 2013

  • Mike C

    Excellent day out- a real challenge, but one which the whole group overcame. Well done us!!! Now, who's signing up for next year ;-)

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Ellie L

      Thanks for organising it and herding us all over there - it hurt but was totally worth it!

      May 6, 2013

  • Sean

    Cheers Mike! Great day out!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Mike C

    When you register, your checkpoint is "Wootton" :-)

    February 7, 2013

    • Lisa

      Mike, I've registered but I didn't enter any checkpoint??

      February 7, 2013

    • Mike C

      That's perhaps why your confirmation didn't come through?

      February 8, 2013

  • Ellie L

    Did you get a virus warning when you went onto the site? Will try to book again later when my computer-literate gentleman caller returns...

    February 7, 2013

    • Lisa

      No, but I haven't got my confirmation email yet.

      February 7, 2013

    • Mike C

      No virus warning, and got my confirmation email immediately- have you checked your Spam Lisa?

      February 8, 2013

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