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  Sunday 1st May 2022
Cost Free Entry, but we do ask for a donation if you can afford it please..... we rely on badge sales and donations to cover the costs of running the event, with any excesses going to local charities. 
Registration Pre-registration is required for all participants - there will be no registration available on the day.
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 503956 As you come off the Ferry, approximately 100 metres the other side of the mini roundabout directly opposite the main entrance to the East Cowes Red Funnel terminal. The checkpoint is beside the Waitrose terrace and directly opposite the Central shop and Post Office.
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.

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), 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 can collect a Randonnee certificate.

At completion, and to celebrate your success, a badge will be available again this year for purchase (either pre-ordered online or on the day)

All pre-ordered badges are available for collection at the Wootton checkpoint only and can be collected anytime.


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
 Wight Cycle Hire - Yarmouth Station (next to off the rails Cafe) - 01983 761800
 Island Bikeworks - Nick - at Bembridge Checkpoint - 07926 523453
Covid Information

We will be making changes to the event this year in light of Covid guidelines to minimise risk of infection for participants and our volunteers:

- There will be no registration on the day at any of the checkpoints

- Places on the event will be limited to 2500 participants

- We will introduce a Digital Brevet as a replacement for Brevet card and stamps

- Where practical at checkpoints, we will introduce one way systems

Please help us to keep the event safe for everyone.

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 Cycling UK or British Cycling

There are no medical facilities at any of the IoW Randonnee checkpoints.  The Isle of Wight is approximately 60 miles circumference with St Mary’s Hospital and ambulance station near the centre of the Island.  In case of emergency please use the 999 emergency number.

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The parent or guardian of a child, by registering their child’s entry, is giving their consent for their child to take part in this event.

It is strongly recommended that all participants wear helmets complying with the latest ANSI Z90/4 or SNELL at all times. A map of the route is available  online 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. The clockwise Randonnee route uses the round the island signed route following blue island on white background signs.

In view of the ongoing COVID 19 risk, we are, so far as possible, attempting to run the event on a no-touch basis with minimal bunching of cyclists at checkpoints.  Accordingly, entry is by pre-registration only and all participants will be asked to present the QR code associated with their entry either on their mobile phones or printed  at the entry checkpoint so that the registration QR code on their e-ticket can be scanned.  At each subsequent checkpoint participants will be asked to scan a QR code for that checkpoint using the free IoW Randonnee Mobile App (details for which are available on our website).  Participants are requested to wear a mask at checkpoints, respect social distancing guidelines and to use the prescribed one-way system to minimise “bunching” at checkpoints.


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

Coming from Fishbourne, left turn at Wootton Bridge onto Firestone Copse Road.
SZ 54956 92020

Beware of elevated road surface (lip that could track front wheel)

Right turn after Wootton Bridge:

SZ 54956 92020

Beware overtaking traffic

Carters Lane/Ashey Rd Roundabout:

SZ 59014 90472


Dangerous Roundabout

B3395 Marshcombe Shute, heading towards Brading from Yaverland, give way to on coming vehicles over railway bridge.

SZ 60598 86335

 Give way to oncoming cars over bridge

Coming down off Upper Road into Alverstone, there is a road junction with limited visibility, followed by cobbled section of road.

SZ 58162 85792

 Junction with limited visibility and cobbles

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