Entries for the 2012 Northern Rock Cyclone weekend go live on November 1 – and this time there is more to the North East cycling festival than ever before.
The fixture is now one of the UK’s biggest weekends of cycling and will be made up of five events in 2012 running from June 28- July 1.
The action begins with the all-new Tyne 6 Bridges rides on the evening of June 28. Aimed at beginners and young families, the three routes will take in the beautiful and dramatic banks of the river Tyne in Newcastle. Entry to the rides is £6.
On Friday night the ever-popular Leazes Criteriums return to Newcastle. The sprints around the tight circuit in Leazes Park attracts thousands of cycling fans to watch action from amateur and youth races to international cycling stars in the elite competition.
For 2012 it has been confirmed that the point’s competition in the elite race will be sponsored by M Steel Cycles.
On June 30 more than 4,000 cyclists of all abilities – from beginners and families through to professionals – are expected to take to the roads of Northumberland for the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge rides.
With a choice of 33, 63 or 104 mile routes, all take in Northumberland’s breath taking and unspoilt scenery combined with a fantastic atmosphere making for a great day’s riding.
It is the turn of the professionals again on July 1 – and for the first time ever there is an event specifically for elite women riders.
Sponsored by Northumberland National Park and with a point’s competition sponsored by cycling holiday specialist Saddle Skedaddle, The Curlew Cup – part of an elite level national women’s series – will bring the country’s top female riders to the North East following the success of the 2011 National Championships road race on the same course.
On the afternoon of July 1, the elite men return for the Beaumont Trophy, which has been running for more than 60 years. Part of British Cycling’s elite level Premier Calendar series and with a King of the Mountains competition sponsored by Kielder Organic Meats, the race will attract the cream of British as well as European riders – and is the public’s chance to get up close to some of the world’s greats.
Event organiser Peter Harrison said: “It’s always exciting when entries for next year’s rides open. As the nights draw in and the weather turns looking forward to the great rides of next summer brings a smile to everyone’s face.”
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