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Barbados Cycling Festival this September will include headline “round the island” sportive event complete with US$7,000 prize purse and 2 return flights to either Barbados or the UK for the winner!

Following the announcement of 2017 being the Year of Sports in Barbados, the Caribbean island is proud to announce that it will host the inaugural Barbados Cycling Festival this Autumn.

Taking place between September 5th – 10th, the Bajan cycling community will come together to welcome road and MTB cycling enthusiasts and adventurous holiday goers from the UK and beyond.

The six-day event has been designed for cyclists of all abilities to discover Barbados from an unparalleled perspective. The first five days will offer visitors the opportunity to get to know the various parishes of Barbados on both road and mountain bikes.

‘No road will be left undiscovered’ is the attitude that the Barbados Cycling Festival will adopt as it takes visitors on many unforgettable journeys.

The round-the-island main road sportive will be held on the final day. It will offer cyclists the opportunity to sign up to one of two ‘round the island’ courses.

The brave, the bold and the daring will attempt the ‘gold course’, traversing the coastal route of the island (95km). Alternatively, those who would rather take part in a less challenging day will opt to ride the ‘silver course’ (63km).

For the faster cyclists – the gold course will carry a minimum of US$7,000 prize purse, as well as two complimentary return flights* to the first man and woman who complete the course (1st place: US$2,000 plus flights, 2nd place: US$1,000 and 3rd place: US$500).

Presenting the unmatched opportunity to see the island from a viewpoint that only a handful before have experienced, the gold course will start in Bridgetown and will take competitors anti-clockwise around the perimeter of the whole island. It will expose cyclists to dramatic coastal views of Cattlewash, the lush greenery of St John’s parish, and often-missed small towns and villages along the coast and inland.

The silver course may be just more than half the size of the ‘gold course’, but it has been carefully plotted so that cyclists will still experience stunning scenic views at every turn.

Guests from all corners of the globe will be welcomed onto the island in a true Bajan fashion. Those who choose not to take part in the cycling will not miss out on the celebration spirit as music and entertainment will take place post-race on the beach front.

The Barbados Cycling Festival aims to showcase Barbados to the ever-increasing UK audience who love road cycling and mountain biking.

*Economy flights for two to either Barbados or the UK. Dates to be arranged

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