Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Hills Killer Challenge 2012. Left, Jenny Brown with Chris Thompson cycling up East Afton Down.
THE annual Isle of Wight Cycling Festival will ride into Newport on Saturday with a Carbon Cycle Celebration.
Starting at 11am in St James Square, the festival launch will feature live music from Derek Sandy and FaT Samba, mountain bike stunt shows, cycle training, bike postcode security marking and a cycle obstacle course.
The event, supported by EcIisland, will kick start a 16-day programme of more than 60 rides for all levels, from the Chevy Chase Enduro to the Tiny Tots cycle adventure.
Having run for more than ten years, the ominously named Hills Killer Mountain Bike Challenge will return on Sunday.
Riders can choose from 13, 26 or 52-mile courses and take on the challenge of an orienteering event against the clock.
The Wightlink Wight Challenge on Saturday, September 21, will pit teams of three against each other in a 19-mile cycle ride, a three-mile canoe paddle and an eight-mile run, starting and finishing at Jersey Camp, Porchfield, in aid of Wessex Heartbeat, Sail 4 Cancer and The Rainbow Centre.
The following day, riders will set out on the British Heart Foundation’s Cycle the Wight — a long-distance ride around the Island covering 50 or 70 miles.
For the first time ever, a cycling cinema experience features in the programme on Saturday, September 28 at Seaclose Park, Newport.
The audience will be invited to cycle to the screening, their bicycles will then be placed in a stand which will capture the power generated as people cycle.
The four-hour Chevy Chase takes place on the same day at the purpose-built mountain-bike trail centre at Cheverton Farm, near Shorwell, while the final day on September 29 features the West Wight Triathlon at the West Wight Sports Centre.
The deadline to register online for the Hills Killer Challenge is tomorrow (Wednesday).
Although people can register on the day, anyone who registers online will receive a £5 discount.