STAGE 1 - Chale to the Needles (& 1st Quarter Challenge)
Stage distance: 21 km Total distance: 21 km Ascent: 528 m
Its 21km for the Full & 1/2 Challenges - we add a 4km loop for the 1st Quarter Challenge
Start: Chale Recreation Ground, 0 km
Mid-Point Stop: Isle of Wight Pearl, 10 km
Rest Stop 1: Nodewell Farm, Alum Bay, 21 km / 25 km
The first stage sets out from the village of Chale on the coast taking us clockwise along the coastal path. Here we enjoy the most impressive part of the whole route with spectacular coastlines & dramatic cliffs - a great way to start the event! We reach our 1st mid-point stop to refuel before continuing on to the westernmost point of the island. With the Needles in sight, we stop at our 1st major rest stop and have a longer rest & a packed lunch. There is the option to just do this Quarter Island section, these participants continue a little further, right up to the Needles, making their challenge 25km.