THE End2End cycle challenge across the breadth of the Isle of Wight — and back again — will return next month.

The road and off-road ride, held in aid of Mountbatten, returns on September 22, with three routes available for cyclists of all abilities.

Experienced riders will be able to test themselves on the 92km course from Culver to the Needles Old Battery and back, taking in peaks of up to 150m.

The option to finish at the Needles, a distance of 44.9km, is available, or riders can choose the shorter 23km route — either Culver to Gatcombe or Gatcombe to the Needles.

Hannah Joyce, events fundraiser at Mountbatten, said: “This is a very special challenge as it’s a testing, but stunning, course.

“It shows the Island at its best and there is something for everyone, from the novice to the most experienced cyclists.

“Money raised from entry fees goes towards our work supporting people experiencing death, dying and bereavement, so not only is it a great challenge, it’s also helping us make a difference.”

End2End’s founder, David Isaac, a doctor at Mountbatten, and his wife Jane, will once again host the popular Snowdrop Cottage checkpoint at their home in Gatcombe, providing refreshments to cyclists on all routes.

To sign up for End2End, visit Mountbatten’s website.

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