HUNDREDS of cyclists are expected to saddle up this weekend with the return of the Isle of Wight's popular Randonnee cycling event.

Cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, this Sunday’s (May 1) Randonnee will be the first since the introduction of the revised Highway Code, which gives greater protection to vulnerable road users such as cyclists.

Drivers now have more responsibility to watch out for people cycling, walking or riding a horse – while cyclists must be more aware of pedestrians. 

The new rules mean cars must leave at least one and a half meters (or five feet) room when passing bicycles.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Isle of Wight Randonnee event takes place on Sunday, May 1The Isle of Wight Randonnee event takes place on Sunday, May 1

Cllr Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “Our Island has rapidly become a Mecca for cyclists.

"It has some fantastic, challenging and exciting cycling routes, which is partly why the Island will be hosting the final leg of the Tour of Britain cycle race in September.

“It is also why the Randonnee always attracts a huge number of enthusiasts.

"During the event, please make sure that if you encounter Randonnee participants around the Island that you do follow the revised Highway Code for the safety of everyone.

"I hope that the event is an enormous success once again and that everyone taking part has a great day and that we all can stay safe on our roads and enjoy a great bank holiday weekend."