Cyclists taking part in the Isle of Wight Randonnee will not be able to use the floating bridge this year.Picture by Peter Boam.
DETAILS of a diversion for thousands of cyclists taking part in the Isle of Wight Randonnee have been released.
The new route (see map below) has been devised after it was discovered the Cowes and East Cowes Floating Bridge would not be back in service in time for Sunday’s event.
It is the first time in 30 years the ferry has been unavailable for the race, which is expected to attract 2,000 cyclists.
The revised route, cutting out the Cowes-East Cowes section, takes riders from Yarmouth to Hillisgate, Noke Common, Parkhurst Road, Stag Lane, Newport Quay and from there to Seaclose, where they join Fairlee Road to Binfield Corner and the old East Cowes Road. They then cross Whippingham Road to Alverstone Road and join the route at the top of Brocks Copse Road.
Details of the Randonnee can be found at www.cycleisland.co.uk
The floating bridge is not expected to be back in service until Wednesday, next week.