Since the inception of the event in 2007 participant numbers have quadrupled and over £2.5M 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. The National Championships, both Road and Time Trial, return for 2018.
HSBC UK National Time Trial Championships - Thursday 28th June 2018
The 2018 HSBC UK National Time Trial Championships will take place on Thursday 28th June and will be the opening event of the four-day Cyclone Festival of Cycling. Up for grabs will be the Senior and Under-23 titles for men and women. The course is expected to be a sporting one on the undulating roads of Northumberland, close to the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tyne 6 Bridges Leisure Rides - Friday 29th June 2018
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.
Cyclone Challenge Rides - Saturday 30th June 2018
Four routes - 34, 64, 90 or 106 miles. The rides start and finish at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club. 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.
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.
HSBC UK National Road Championships - Sunday 1st July 2018
The 2018 HSBC UK National Road Race Championships will take place on Sunday 1st July and will be the final event of the four-day Cyclone Festival of Cycling. The best male and female riders in the country will compete to be the National Champion is Senior and Under-23 categories.The women's race will be in the morning and will incorporate the Curlew Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual women's race on the final day of the Cyclone Festival.
The men's race will be in the afternoon and will incorporate the historic Beaumont Trophy, first awarded in 1952 and presented to the winner of the cyclone Festival's elite men's race.
Message From the Organiser
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.