What is the Cyclone Festival of Cycling

Cyclone Festival of Cycling
 
The Cyclone Festival of Cycling was created in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, get fitter and enjoy the countryside. It is a multi faceted event designed to cater for the needs of competitive and none competitive cyclists. There are events to meet the needs of all who wish to compete or just ride for pleasure as well as allowing spectators to see some of the best riders in the World in action.
 
Since the inception of the event in 2007 participant numbers have quadrupled and over £2M has been raised for various charities. It is also estimated by Northumbria Tourism that the event generates over £1.5M pa for the local economy. The event is now one of the biggest and possibly the biggest event of it's type and attracts riders and participants from all over the World. The 2011 edition of the event hosted the British National Road Race Championships for both Men and Women.The Beaumont Trophy is now one of only 5 UCI men's events in the UK and the Curlew Cup is part of the Women's National Road Race Series.
 
All riders/participants/spectators who are on the mailing list will be kept up to date with information in the months and weeks leading up to the event. 
 
Friday 16th June 2017
Tyne 6 Bridges Leisure Rides
The event will start and finish at the Cycle Hub, Ouseburn and use Sustrans Routes 72 & 14 along the north and south banks of the Tyne heading out in a westerly direction. There are two rides of 10.5mls and 15.5mls for those who want to experience a leisurely ride along the banks of the Tyne. These are ideal rides for the inexperienced who may be afraid of traffic or those with young families. All participants must pre register on the event website.
Saturday 17th June 2017
Cyclone Challenge Rides
A series of 4 rides of differing distances and difficulty to test all those who compete. The rides start and finish at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park. There is limited parking within the grounds for all those who are traveling to the venue. This parking can be pre-booked. There is also additional parking at the Great North Park  This will be signposted.  The four rides leave from the Club between 8.00am and 11.00am and go directly out into the Northumbrian countryside on country roads, therefore avoiding the city traffic. Riders will be set off in Groups of 60 at 2 minute intervals. Registration and Start time information is on the Challenge page There are catering facilities open at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club throughout the day so that a refreshing drink can be had upon completion of your ride.

These events are not races and no positions will be given on the website. Each rider will be given a finishing time along with split times calculated along the route. This will be done with the aid of electronic chips. All finishing and split times for those completing their own Challenge will appear on a results page within 48 hrs.

Each competitor will be given a T shirt and Goody Bag upon completion and will be able to download their own personalised certificate from the Marathon Photos website. There will be feeding/re-hydration stops on all of the routes with food and drink which also act as timing stations and medical control centres. There are also many cafés and pubs along all three of the routes and competitors can stop off and enjoy a well earned rest and sample the local cuisine.

The event will have full medical cover courtesy of St. John Ambulance and comprehensive marshaling provided the National Escort Group. The routes will be fully signposted courtesy of Northumberland County Council.The Sea Cadets and village volunteers will man the feed stations. There will be Technical Service vehicles sweeping the routes for those who have major technical difficulties.

If you decide you are going to ride on behalf of one of the nominated Charities you will be sent a sponsorship pack from that charity once you have registered. You can then raise money for that charity. This could be as little as £1. There is no obligation to sign for a charity and you can just do the ride of your choice without any charity involvement if you wish. However it is hoped that many people will ride on behalf of a charity.
 
Sunday 18th June 2017
Curlew Cup
Women's National Series Road Race
The first event of the day will be the Curlew Cup which will attract some of the best riders in the Country. The race will start at 9.00am and will use the Ryals Circuits which pass through the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen. The race will comprise three laps of this circuit making a total distance of 106kms.
 
Beaumont Trophy UCI 1.2 Road Race
This will be the 64th edition of the event. The race will be run over a distance of 117 mls (187kms). It will start with one lap of the smaller circuit (13.9mls) before going on to complete 4 laps of the larger circuit (22.3mls) which will include the climb of the Ryals. There will then be one final lap of the smaller circuit to complete the race. The race will start at 1.15pm
 
I hope many thousands of riders and spectators will once again come and enjoy the weekend and increase its status in the National Sporting Calendar.
 
Peter Harrison
Organiser