An Exclusive Weekend of Great Food and Bespoke Gravel Rides for Teams of Four
Explore the Isle of Wight Off-Road...
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September 2022
The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight
The Wight Prestige is a weekend of the best gravel riding and the finest food the Isle of Wight has to offer
Looking for a late summer adventure? Escape the day-to-day and experience the beautiful Island at its very best, with a long weekend of stunning trails and gourmet food, and our luxury yurts at The Garlic Farm as the base for you and your friends.
This September, make an Island escape for an incredible inclusive weekend of riding, relaxation and fantastic food.
Groups of four will be welcomed to a cosy yurt at the Garlic Farm. Then, fuelled by fully catered (as garlicky as you wish) meals, you will head out on two days of rides with local experts: on the trails and country lanes of the Isle of Wight.
Accommodation, mouth-watering restaurant meals, luggage transfers and support from local experts are all provided within the package.
Gravel n Garlic... Let's Ride!
"I'm so glad I found this event; I enjoyed every minute from start to finish. It was very well organised, and the venue was perfect. I'll be keeping an eye out for future Wight Prestige events that's for sure!" Wight Prestige Rider, 2021
THE FULL WEEKEND PACKAGE
£345 per rider
What is included?
Bookings must be made as a group of four, in one single transaction. Accommodation for two nights (Friday and Saturday) is provided in luxury yurts at The Garlic Farm. Prices are per person, based on each yurt being shared by four people.
Each yurt has one double bed downstairs and three full sized single mattresses on a mezzanine level. Each yurt has an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and flushing toilet, and a fully equipped kitchen though you likely won't need that given the menu on offer.
You will be welcomed with dinner on Friday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant: including a main course and dessert, and a welcome drink (menu choices will be made beforehand and dietary requirements can be catered for). Alcoholic and further soft drinks can be purchased from the bar.
Fuel up on breakfast on Saturday morning in The Garlic Farm Restaurant. Choose from tea or filter coffee and a selection of breakfast choices (made in advance).
During Saturday's ride, you can count on an excellent coffee and cake stop at a secret Island location!
Return to The Garlic Farm for dinner on Saturday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant: including a main meal, dessert and soft drink. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar.
On Sunday morning there will be another sumptuous breakfast spread awaiting you, then a mezze lunch when you return to The Garlic Farm after your morning ride, so you are refuelled before you depart.
Local Rides, Local Expert Riders
All riders will follow an approximately 100 kilometre route on the Saturday and a 50 kilometre route on the Sunday. There will be two paced groups: one fast, one more relaxed; with local expert riders in each group.
The event is officially 'self-guided', and GPX files of the routes will be sent out in advance of the weekend so riders can use their own GPS devices for navigation if needed. Don't worry though, nobody will be left behind this is a fun and relaxed weekend of riding.
THE DAY RIDER PACKAGE
£195 per rider
What is included?
Join us as a day rider and you will benefit from all the above, except the accommodation and the Friday night meal/drinks.
Where can I store my bike at the farm?
There is a locked barn where bikes will be stored at night, or you can keep your (cleaned) bikes inside your yurt.
How do I get to the Isle of Wight?
We can book a Wightlink ferry foot passenger ticket for you from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head. This is an extra £15 per person. We will meet you at Ryde Pier head, and your bags will be collected before we ride the 16km to our base at The Garlic Farm. Riders should aim to catch the 16:15 Wightlink Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour, which arrives at Ryde Pier Head at 16:35. Our team will meet you there. If you prefer to arrange your own transport to the Isle of Wight, we can meet you at The Garlic Farm on Friday evening.
How long/tough are the rides?
There will be two riding groups on each day. Routes will be sent as GPX files to participants one week ahead of the event. Riders can self-select which group they ride in and can change groups at the coffee/cake stop on Saturday.
APPROXIMATE ride distances/profiles:
Saturday: 100km, 1500m ascent
Sunday: 50km, 1000m ascent
What equipment should I bring?
Riders should be self-sufficient whilst on the trail; the groups will be accompanied by local experts, but they are not qualified mechanics and can only try to assist with essential repairs. Riders should bring spares of their own e.g., inner tubes, multi-tool, tyre levers, puncture repair kit.
A ride leader will assist with repairs, if possible, but on the understanding that if a mechanical is not fixable on the trail, then riders must expect to find their own way back to The Garlic Farm (e.g., taxi). No vehicle support is available.
Riders must also bring sufficient nutrition and fluids to keep themselves fuelled throughout the duration of the rides.
What is the Covid-19 policy?
Most pandemic restrictions have been lifted, and we hope they will continue to be at the time of this event. We ask that no individual displaying any of the
symptoms of Covid-19 attend the event for the safety of our staff and other participants. If you are unable to attend for this reason, please contact our team.
How do I book/pay? What's the cancellation policy?
A deposit of 30% is required to secure a booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to your stay. The deposit should be considered non-refundable, but if we can fill your space should you need to cancel then we will refund the equivalent of what we manage to rebook for. The same policy applies to the balance once paid.
PLEASE HAVE A CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER FOR ALL FOUR RIDERS IN YOUR YURT WHEN YOU CALL TO MAKE A BOOKING
Cycling photos credit
James Cripps (who is also brilliant at non-cycling photography!)