In News by Bembridge PC

Island youngsters are being invited to sign up to the council’s Isle Be Active junior cycle challenge, with a chance to win monthly prizes.

The challenge has been organised by the council’s Sports Unit and runs from August through to October, with prize draws each month for taking part.

Children and young people taking part can record the number of miles or time spent cycling each day or week using a specially produced chart, complete with gold stickers. Once the chart has been filled in, take a picture of it showing your miles or time spent on the bike and email it to by the 5th of the following month, to be in with the chance to win a prize.

Alec Broome, Sports Unit officer, said: “We are launching our junior cycle challenge to kick off the summer holidays and with the weather looking warm, there’s never been a better time to get your family out for a gentle bike ride in the sun.

“You don’t have to cycle every day – the aim is to get out on your bikes and enjoy yourself. The Isle of Wight has a number of family friendly cycle paths that are just perfect for this challenge and we look forward to seeing how many combined miles and time Island youngsters put in over the coming months.”

To register for the junior cycling challenge and receive a cycle chart and gold stickers, simply contact the following with your name, address and how many packs you need via:
– email
– phone (01983) 823818
– contact the Sports Unit facebook page at: @iwsportsunit

Inspiration for your cycle rides

The sports unit have put together a list of family friendly cycle routes to get you started:
The Red Squirrel Trail – 32 miles
Newport to Cowes cycle path – 3 miles or approx. 25 minutes
Ryde Canoe Lake to Puckpool Park – 1 mile or approx. 15 minutes
Sandown to Shanklin Revetment – 1.5 miles or approx. 15 minutes
Shide to Merstone Old Station – 3 miles or approx. 25 mins
Merstone Old Station to Los Altos Park – 5.5 miles or approx. 45 minutes
Freshwater to Yarmouth Causeway – 2 miles or approx. 20 minutes

The junior cycle challenge is open to children of all ages and officially launches on 1 August and runs until the end of October 2019. Further information can be found at

The competition is being supported by the Isle of Wight Council’s Sustainable Travel Access Fund programme, using funding secured competitively from the Department for Transport to deliver a wider programme of sustainable transport projects being delivered through to April 2020.