News Update on West Wight Quad. It is being organised by West Wight Charity Sports Centre inconjunction with Isle of Wight Adventure Activities to raise funds for the charity sports centre. This is an ideal opportunity to paddle around the Needles, its a great sea challenge and we recomend sea kayaks, (their will be full rescue and support boats whilst athletes are paddling). You can bring your own or hire from IWAA. The event is only open to Individuals and its on 10th June 2012 it will start with a pool swim 600m, followed by a mountain bike ride of 12miles (90% tracks with a small technical section), then a sea kayak 6nm around the Needles and finally a 6k run.
We have the Isle of Wight Adventure Activities as one of our sponsors who specialise in sea kayaking. So what more logical than to offer you the possibility of hiring a sea kayak instead of lugging yours to the island.
Sea kayak hire and Transport option 1 (16 available) – You will need sea kayak experience but after that all you need to do is turn up(with your mountain bike of course) and a sea kayak will be waiting for you on Freshwater beach and will be collected at the end of the paddle. Included in the hire is the secure return of your MT bike to the sports centre compound.
Transport Option 2 – If you bring your bike and sea kayak but do not have anybody to help with the transits then IOWAA can offer you a transport service. When you deliver your kayak to Freshwater bay before the event starts;it will be held in the secure bike/ sea kayak transition on the beach until you finish the bike. You will then be assisted on your way on the paddle and your bike will be returned to the sports centre with your kayak( at the end of the paddle) leaving you free for the final run leg.
These options will be outlined again on the IOWAA site with details of cost shortly and must be booked with them. Of course feel free to be completely independant and bring all your kit including bike helmet and buoyancy aid and a willing slave for the transits.
I am working on Wightlink for reduced fares on the ferry; details and a booking code as soon as possible.
We will keep you posted of further updates – Race Organiser Mike Rayden