The Wight Diamond Challenge
is now in itís 5th year and still growing strongly. While other events
of this nature are on the decline, the Wight Diamond is still pulling in new riders.
Based on the Isle of Wight the event offers a mix
of off road orienteering (Fat Tyre Challenge/Trailquest/Polaris style) over two days
and great holiday atmosphere. The success of this event stems from two key facts:
- Great mountain biking on the island
- A fun and friendly party atmosphere unlike any other
MTB event (not unlike the early days of mountain biking before we all got serious
The two day event (7 hours day one, 5 hours day two)
is highly competitive attracting many of the UKs top Polaris riders who battle it
out over some sensational off road trails (over 250 miles of bridleways on the island).
Alongside the orienteering event a second Cream Tea family/fun event is run, designed
to ensure that riders of all abilities can enjoy the fantastic island cycle routes.
The event centre includes camp site, parking, showers,
food, live entertainment and bar. Adjoining holiday centre offers chalet accommodation.
Date & Location
Riders arrive on Friday 26th May for the
competition which starts on Sat 27th May. Competition completes on the
Sunday and the presentation session is on the Sunday evening. Virtually all riders
stay until the Monday morning, meaning the presentation evening is a very lively
Location is at Chine Farm on the Military Road which
is on the south west side of the island.
- Riders arrive during afternoon/evening
- Chill out, full bar open & food
- 8.30-10.30am ñ Day one orienteering event begins
- 8.30-10.30am – Cream Tea event begins (a point to
point event taking riders from pub to pub, tea shop to tea shop over some great off
- 8pm onwards ñ Lively evening for the party animals,
live music, bar
- 9-11am ñ Day two of all events kick off
- 8pm onwards ñ Extremely lively evening with excellent
live music (as seen at Cycle Fest 99)
- 9pm ñ Chaotic presentation as the organizers try
to present prizes to a drunken audience