Event Details


Event Isle of Wight Randonnee - 100km or 55km Clockwise routes.
Organisers Cycleisland Community Interest Company (CIC #11610015) with the support and assistance of the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club (IoW). The IoW Randonnee was established by the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club in 1985.
Date Bank Holiday Sunday 5th May 2019

Isle of Wight County Press


Cost Free Entry. The cost of running the event each year is met through donations and badge sales. Surplus proceeds over and above that required to fund the Randonnee are donated to charitable causes.
Opening Times All checkpoints are open from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. You may find that certain checkpoints are open a little earlier and/or close a little later, but remember that people at the checkpoints are volunteers and can't be expected to be there at dawn!
Island Wide Route Randonnee clockwise 100km route around the whole of the Isle of Wight mainly following the Round-the-Island cycle route and taking minor roads and lanes where possible. It is way-marked by white bicycle on blue island signs. Round-the-Island cycle route maps with easy to follow directions are available to enable the rider to see the best of the Island scenery. Join at any of the checkpoints.  
55km Route Randonnee clockwise The 55km Randonnee route follows the Round Island Route from East Cowes, through Wootton and Bembridge to Alverstone. It then joins NCN (National Cycle Network) Route 23 from Alverstone through Newport to East Cowes. Join at any of the 4 checkpoints (East Cowes, Wootton, Bembridge or Alverstone) and follow the diagram on the Checkcard. Read reverse of card for Newport route details in addition to Route 23 stickers.
Checkpoints       Location  OS196 Grid Ref  Description 
East Cowes  SZ 502958 East Cowes Red Funnel Ferry car park. For ferry to/from Southampton. 
Wootton SZ 551918 Wootton Kite Hill Farm Camp site. Nearest to Wightlink ferry to/from Portsmouth. Follow Randonnee signs to the checkpoint.
Bembridge SZ 647876 Bembridge Youth and Community Centre, Steyne Park, Steyne Road. Feeding station c/o PTA. Follow Randonnee signs to school.
Alverstone SZ 577857 Alverstone Village Hall

SZ 544772

Ventnor Rugby Football Club (was previously Whitwell Village Hall)
Yarmouth SZ 355896 Yarmouth Primary School. Feeding station c/o PTA. Wightlink Ferry to/from Lymington.
Refreshments Enjoy the refreshments provided by the PTAs of St Mary's Ryde (Wootton checkpoint), Newchurch Primary (Alverstone), Bembridge and Yarmouth Junior schools. Riders will be able to purchase soup and a roll, a variety of sandwiches and delicious cakes together with cups of tea, soft drinks etc.
Certificates All participants completing the 100km route or the 55km route will receive a Randonnee certificate.
Badges At completion, celebrate your success. A badge will be available again this year.

The Randonnee is organised by the Cycleisland Community Interest Company (CIC), a Not for Profit Organisation, whose objectives are to:

  • Promote community participation in health and recreation and in particular cycling and cycling related activities for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Isle of Wight and its visitors.
  • Raise funds for donation to charities and other organisations with charitable purposes which promote and/or benefit the health, recreation (and in particular cycling) and welfare of inhabitants of the Isle of Wight and its visitors.

Each year, the Cycleisland CIC donates any surplus funds raised through checkpoint donations and badge sales to charitable causes.

The organisers also support participants who wish to use the Randonnee as a means of raising money for a good cause. All we ask is that the Randonnee is acknowledged in any media release, and that you inform us of your achievement.

Particular Hazards Please review and pay attention to the assessment of specific hazards along the route here
Safety First Please read our safety statement which can be found here
On the day Rescue Services
Island Bike Works will be stationed at Bembridge -  07926523453.
Wight Cycle Hire will open, at Yarmouth Station,next to Off The Rails,on 01983 761800

Terms and Conditions - participation in the Isle of Wight Randonnee

The Isle of Wight Randonnee ("IoW Randonnee") is organised by the CYCLEISLAND COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY (11610015).

The IoW Randonnee is NOT a race. It is held on public roads, many of which are small country lanes, which are shared with cars and other vehicles, walkers, and horses. Please observe the Highway Code at all times and take great care particularly at junctions. Many of the participants in the Randonnee will be at either end of the age spectrum, often riding in family groups and no prizes (or kudos) will be awarded for quick times or aggressive overtaking. The route is demanding with approximately 1500 meters of climb in the 100km route. Please ensure that both you and your bicycle are in a roadworthy condition, that you are appropriately fit and trained for the event and if in any doubt or you have any medical condition you should consult with your doctor before entering. Please ensure that you have appropriate clothes and sustenance for the conditions, though food and drink will be available for purchase at some of the checkpoints.

The IoW Randonnee is undertaken at the participants own risk and the organisers cannot be held liable for any injury, loss or damage sustained as a result of your riding or actions. There is no entry fee for the Randonnee and the organisers do not insure individual participants for their own or third party loss. It is recommended that all persons cycling on public roads carry third party liability cover as a minimum and this can be obtained by joining the CTC or British Cycling.

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and participants under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form; the form is available here or from Randonee checkpoints

It is strongly recommended that all participants wear helmets complying with appropriate and current safety standards at all times. A map of the route will be available at the checkpoints and the route is signposted but please be aware that signs can be removed or changed without our knowledge so care should be taken to ensure that the correct route is being followed.


Please note that the roads on the Island are in the process of being upgraded and that some of the roads have a poor surface with potholes and gravel (particularly on country roads) and poor visibility with many steep hills and sharp bends.

Again, please ensure that both you and your bicycle are in an appropriate state of roadworthiness for this challenging event, that you abide by the rules of the road and exercise extreme caution on our often busy and narrow roads.

The following particular hazards are brought to your attention, listed from East Cowes in a clockwise direction:

Alverstone Rd descent:

SZ 52874 92825

Steep descent with narrow  corner at bottom

Right turn after Wootton Bridge:

SZ 54956 92020

Beware overtaking traffic

Carters Lane/Ashey Rd Roundabout:

SZ 59014 90472


Dangerous Roundabout

Lessland Lane:

SZ 54753 82958

Narrow Road with oncoming traffic

Lessland Lane/Redhill Lane crossing:

SZ 54185 81802

Hazardous crossing with cars from both directions

Newport Rd (Ventnor):

SZ 55638 77635

Right turn on steep descent

Gills Cliff Rd (Ventnor):

SZ 55255 77411

Right turn on steep descent

Whitwell Road (Ventnor)

SZ 544 773

Cross main road to Ventnor checkpoint

Blackgang Road descent:

SZ 48910 76917

Roundabout on steep descent with adverse camber

Marsh Road (Gurnard Marsh):

SZ 47101 95302

Give way to oncoming cars over bridge

Shore Rd (Gurnard):

SZ 47737 95652

Steep Rd with sharp bend and poor surface (not applicable to 2017 event due to re-routing)