The Cyclone Challenge Rides will take you on a great journey encompassing high hills, steep climbs and descents, with some narrow roads, tight bends and testing road surfaces. We believe that a Sportive should be both challenging and engaging for riders, which is why we have included such a variety of roads and landscapes.
However, this does mean that as a cyclist you need to treat the route with respect and it will test you cycling skills and techniques along the way. One skill that will be particularly important to you is cornering and Spring is a great time to give your cycling technique a little thought and perhaps brush up on the basics as well as getting in those training miles.
We love the British Cycling and GCN's Ridesmart videos and there are a range of tips on technique, including this excellent video on cornering.
RIDING THE 2018 CYCLONE FESTIVAL OF CYCLING
Friday 29 June - Tyne 6 Bridges Rides: two short (10 & 15 miles), fun, traffic-free routes alongside the river Tyne, starting in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and passing many of the city's landmark buildings and the buzzing regenerated riverside. The perfect way to spend a relaxing evening with friends and family, young and old.
Saturday 30 June - Cyclone Challenge Rides: four beautiful routes of 34, 64, 90 or 106 miles. All pass through Northumberland's unique scenery of heather moorland, lush river valleys & peaceful farmland. With well-stocked free feed stations plus village halls selling delicious home-made cakes and teas.
Don't forget that we are hosting the National Road Championships, including the Time Trial on Thursday 28 June and the Road Race on 1 July. Both offer great opportunities for spectators!