The Wight Prestige — A Weekend of Gravel and Gourmet Food on the Isle of Wight

Wight Gravel Prestige
Fancy joining me for a weekend getaway of the best gravel riding the Isle of Wight has to offer? Fancy tasting the best gourmet food on the Island and experiencing a weekend stay in a beautiful yurt on the grounds of the famous Garlic Farm?

Welcome to the Wight Prestige...

24th to 26th September 2021
The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight

This September, make an Island escape. I have set up an incredible all-inclusive* weekend of riding, relaxing, and fantastic food with The Garlic Farm. Here's what is on offer…

Groups of four will be welcomed to a cosy yurt at the Garlic Farm. Fuelled by fully-catered (garlicky as you wish) meals, we then head out on two days of fully guided and supported rides 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!


What is Included?


Accommodation 
Accommodation in luxury yurts at The Garlic Farm. Price per person is based on each yurt being shared by four people. Each yurt has one double bed downstairs and three full size single mattresses on a mezzanine. Each has an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and flushing toilet, and a fully equipped kitchen.


Food
  • Dinner on Friday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant: including main course and dessert and a welcome drink (menu choices can be made beforehand and dietary requirements can be catered for). Alcoholic and further soft drinks can be purchased from the bar.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning in The Garlic Farm Restaurant. Choose from tea or filter coffee then any item from the restaurant's full breakfast menu which can be found here:
  • The Garlic Farm Restaurant Breakfast Menu
  • Lunch on Saturday at a popular Isle of Wight venue
  • Dinner on Saturday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant or barbecue by the yurts if the weather is fine. Main meal, dessert and soft drinks included. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar.
  • Buffet lunch on Sunday before departure.


Guided Rides
There will be two ride groups on each ride, both with a dedicated ride leader who will also supply mechanical support on the trail. The two groups will be 'In Search of Up' and 'Wight Lite'; the first will be a faster group taking on more challenging rides with additional climbing, the second will be a more casual ride group that will use flatter and shorter routes to provide an easier option. Riders can self-select which group they ride in, and can change groups between the morning and afternoon rides on Saturday.


FAQs

Where can I store my bike at the farm?
There is a locked barn where bikes will be stored at night.

How do I get to the Isle of Wight?
We can book a Wightlink ferry 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 10 miles to the farm. Riders should aim to catch the 16:40 Wightlink Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour, which arrives at Ryde Pier Head at 17:05. 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 farm on Friday evening.

How long/tough are the rides?
There will be two riding groups on every ride throughout the weekend: "In Search of Up" and "Wight Lite". Routes will be sent as GPX files to participants one week ahead of the event, but all rides will be fully guided at all times. Riders can self-select which group they ride in and can change groups between the morning and afternoon rides on Saturday.

APPROXIMATE ride distances/profiles for each group:

In Search of Up
Saturday (AM): 3.5 hours – 50 kilometres – 1000 metres ascent
Saturday (PM): 3 hours – 50 kilometres – 1000 metres ascent
Sunday (AM): 4 hours – 80 kilometres – 1500 metres ascent

Wight Lite
Saturday (AM): 3.5 hours 40 kilometres – 750 metres ascent
Saturday (PM): 3 hours 20 kilometres – 750 metres ascent
Sunday (AM): 4 hours 50 kilometres – 1000 metres ascent


What equipment should I bring?
Riders should be aim to be self-sufficient whilst on the trail. They will be accompanied by ride leaders at all times, but these leaders are only there to help with mechanicals and will not carry enough spares for the whole group. Riders should bring spares of their own e.g. Inner Tubes, Multi-tool, Tyre Levers, Puncture Repair Kit. A ride leader will assist in 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), as vehicle support is not available.

Riders must also bring sufficient nutrition and fluids to keep themselves fuelled throughout the duration of the rides.


How do I book/pay? Cancellation policy?
Please email accommodation@thegarlicfarm.co.uk to make a booking or you can call us on 01983 898477. 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.

Price per person: £300

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