Cyclists have just under ten weeks left to register for one of the Isle of Wight’s toughest cycling events.
The Hills Killer Challenge, which is part of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival this September, is the ultimate off-road cycling endurance challenge.
With a choice of three, seven or fourteen hills, the Hills Killer combines orienteering, cycling skills and strength, in a race against the clock.
Last year over 300 competitors took part, from beginners to Hills Killer veterans and this year is expected to attract even more.
On Sunday 19 September, the second day of the Isle of Wight Council-organised festival, cyclists of all ages will take on 13, 26 or 52 mile off-road routes. Everyone taking part is given an electronic timing device which is worn around the wrist and inserted into the various checkpoints which are revealed on the morning of the challenge. Once all checkpoints have been logged, cyclists make their way to the finish line at Park Resorts Holiday Park in Shanklin where the times are collated.
Cyclists can register for the event online at www.sunseaandcycling.co.uk, with a discount for those signing up in advance.
Cllr George Brown, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for tourism and leisure said: “The Island’s natural contours create the perfect challenge for off-road cyclists. The Hills Killer is an incredibly popular event and is just one of many rides for all abilities that make up our annual cycling festival.”