On the Day

A Checklist to make the most of the event on the day


 Safety First - Remember that the Randonnee is NOT A RACE and IS NOT A SPORTIVE. It's a family event, on open roads for all to enjoy.

  • Please consider other road users and follow the highway code at all times, and also review and pay attention to the assessment of specific hazards along the route here . 
  • Please consider that you will be cycling through small villages and towns, where residents will be going about their everyday business. Please be respectful at all times and be an ambassador for Cycling and the Randonnee - the event does not take priority!
  • You are likely to encounter horses on the route during the event - please slow down and follow the simple guidelines outlined here to ensure the safety of all.
  • Take the necessary precautions to ensure you are seen by others road users!
  • We are aware that a separate event on the same day as the Randonnee has approximately 150 walkers on the Coastal Route around East Wight - particular care should be taken on the coastal sections of the route.


Changes for 2018...

  • We have moved the Whitwell Checkpoint to Ventnor Rugby Football Club where there will be much more space for the participants, and off the main road. Please watch out as you cross on-coming traffic to get onto the site.
  • Wightlink will be putting on some additional sailings for the Randonnee on Sunday, 6 May 2018: Lymington-Yarmouth 08:15; 18:15 and Yarmouth-Lymington 09:20; 19:20, as well as additional bike capacity on most sailing! 
  • There has been a change of policy on the Cowes floating bridge this year, and cyclist will be asked to pay £1 for their crossing. Tickets will be available both at the Yarmouth checkpoint, and at Cowes before boarding.....


In general....

  1. You can start at any of the checkpoints on the day.
  2. There is no parking at any of the checkpoints specifically - please do not bring your cars to them on the day, but instead use public car parks where available. Yarmouth for example has a large car park in town, near to the checkpoint.
  3. Please bring with you a printout of your Entry Number that was emailed to you - we will exchange this for a Brevet card at your first checkpoint. Without the printout of your entry number, you will need to join the queues to re-register.
  4. As you progress around the route, you can get your Brevet card stamped at each of the checkpoints.
  5. There are feed stations are Wootton, Yarmouth and Bembridge checkpoints - snacks available at others also.
  6. If you are coming across to the island on the day from the Southampton or Portsmouth, on the 0800 car ferry sailings, we will have a member of the team on-board so you can exchange your registration number for a brevet card on the boat and therefore no need to stop at the first checkpoint.
  7. 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 can be found here and must be handed to checkpoint on the day.
  8. When you return to your starting checkpoint, and collect your last stamp, you can pick up a completion Certificate. Badges are also available for £4.

Terms and Conditions - participation in the Isle of Wight Randonnee

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)