FANCY yourself as a cycling gourmand? A new guide has been launched promoting electric bike use, aimed at those who love their food.

Created by the Seaview Hotel — featuring CycleWight routes and eateries tipped by Isle of Wight food critics Matt and Cat — the Cycling Gourmand guide will promote routes that take in some of the Island’s best food establishments, providing a boost to other Island businesses.

Tracy Mikich, marketing manager at the Seaview Hotel, said: “We hope the combination of bike riding and stopping off for good local food will become a unique and sustainable Isle of Wight tourism experience.

"The Cycling Gourmand guide and short break offer combines a love of food, enjoyment of the natural world and a passion for cycling but with a little support from the electric bikes, if you need it.

“You can definitely see more of our beautiful coast and countryside from a bike and what better way to refuel than a lovely locally-sourced lunch at one of the Island's delicious eateries, at the same time as making a greener sight-seeing choice?”

The guide has been funded by the Isle of Wight Council.

Transport cabinet member, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “This is a really exciting project from one of our Sustainable Transport Innovation Grant winners and it is great to see the active travel message being carried out in such a creative way.

“I’m sure visitors will be encouraged to drive less and see more of our beautiful Island, with a little help from electric bikes and at the same time, helping support our local tourism economy."

Cat James, from Matt and Cat, said: “We were delighted to be asked to curate the rides for the Cycling Gourmand trails.

"It was hard to restrict ourselves to just six featured eateries for the ebike adventure, as there are so many fantastic places to eat on the Island.

"We had a great day riding the hotel’s electric bikes visiting lovely venues.”

Visit www.mattandcat.co.uk to see how they got on. For further information on the Cycling Gourmand guide, visit www.seaviewhotel.co.uk/cycle-wight.aspx