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Beaumont Trophy

The Beaumont Trophy is an international men's road race, which is based in the village of Stamfordham, close to Newcastle upon Tyne. The race attracts competitors from across Europe and has a reputation as one of the most prestigious and tough events in the British cycling calendar.

History of the Beaumont Trophy

The Beaumont Trophy was was first run in 1952, the year after the organising club, Gosforth Road Club, was formed. The trophy was presented by Rex Beaumont, a cycle and motorcycle wholesaler based in Newcastle. The first edition of the race was won by Stan Blair riding for Viking Cycles and started and finished in Gosforth Park where the club had its headquarters.

Since then, the race has been won by many famous riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Newton, Russell and Dean Downing, Malcolm Elliott and Don Sanderson to name but a few. The most prolific winner of the Trophy is Ray Wetherell who has won it 5 times. Sir Bradley Wiggins has won it twice, including 2011 when the event was the National Championships.

In recent years the race became part of British Cycling's national series, the Premier Calendar, before gaining international status, through the world governing body, the UCI, in 2013. It is now on the International calendar as a UCI 1.2 event and is one of only five one-day UCI events in the UK.

Watching the Race

The race takes place around the village of Stamfordham and takes in the fearsome climb of the Ryals. This climb was where Team Sky launched their attack that resulted in Wiggins winning the National title in 2011 and is often the setting for race-defining moves. The race is part of a full day of entertainment for all the family with lots on offer for all spectators. Expect to see some of the top riders in the World out training on the Saturday if you are competing in one of the Challenge rides.

Race HQ is at Stamfordham Village Hall where there will be refreshments for spectators and toilet facilities. The Swinburne Arms will also be open for refreshments and food throughout the day. Spectators are not allowed to park in Stamfordham and will be directed to designated parking areas just outside the village. More details will be given in the programme and parking areas will be signposted on the day.

Event Management & Road Closures 

The race is subject to a 16A TTRO rolling road closure which will be under the control of Northumbria Police in conjunction with Premier Traffic Management and the National Escort Group. There will be delays and all spectators are asked not to attempt to drive around the course unnecessarily.

The race will start at 1.15pm and will be a combination of two circuits. The larger circuit is 22.3 miles and includes the climb of the Ryals which will be tackled four times by the riders. The smaller circuit is 13.9 miles and this will be tackled twice. The race will start with one lap of the smaller circuit before going on to complete 4 laps of the larger circuit and then finish with a final lap of the small circuit. Total race distance is 117mls (187km).

The race will be open to the following:
UCI Professional Continental Teams registered in the UK
UCI Foreign Professional Continental Teams (max 2)
UCI Continental Teams
National Teams
Regional and club Teams

The maximum number of riders per team will be 6 with a minimum of 4 to start

Beaumont Trophy Entry Criteria 2018


With effect from 1st January 2018 the UCI has reduced the maximum field size for any race in the World from 200 to 176 riders. This decision will impact upon the total number of riders from smaller British teams that the Beaumont Trophy will be able to accept from 2018 onwards.

Entry eligibility

The race is open to teams comprising licenced Elite and/or Under 23 Men as defined by the UCI, non- restrictive of ability categories as operated by British Cycling.
Teams able to apply for entry are as follows:

  • UCI Pro Continental teams registered in the UK.
  • Two further UCI Pro Continental teams from within the European Cycling Confederation area.
  • National representative teams.
  • UCI Continental teams registered with the UCI from anywhere across the World.
  • Regional and club teams from any Nation registered with the UCI.

Team size

Teams will normally comprise SIX riders with a further THREE named as possible replacement riders. From each of these teams a MINIMUM of FOUR riders MUST be registered at final registration on Saturday 16th June at the Race HQ hotel to enable the team to start on 17th June.

British Cycling Elite National Teams will also normally be afforded entry for SIX riders under the same circumstances as the above.

To ensure the widest possible representation from other smaller British Regional and Club teams, the race organisation will operate a policy of restricting most of such entities to a maximum of FOUR riders, who nevertheless are similarly asked to name a further THREE riders at entry who may automatically be substituted at any stage leading up to the race to ensure that the FOUR rider minimum team size required by the UCI regulations is met.

Additions and deletions of names from those submitted initially can be made freely at any time up to 24 hours before the race date upon application to the race organisation.

Form of entry

Formally registered UCI and National teams are required to complete the 2018 UCI Bulletin d’Engagement. Non UCI registered teams, Regional and Club teams are requested to complete the online entry form. Entry fee per rider will be £40.00, but no payment will be taken until formal acceptance of both team, and team size, has been confirmed.

Selection process

Whilst the race organisation retains the right to accept or reject any team that it wishes without further explanation, selection will be made as far as practical based upon the following principles to be as fair as possible to all parties.

  • 2017 and early 2018 performances of individual riders within each team.
  • Past performances by individual riders within each team in previous editions of the BeaumontTrophy.
  • Teams showing a clear policy toward the development of Under 23 riders.
  • Support by individual teams for previous editions of the Beaumont Trophy.

It is therefore important that full rider CV information is provided using Any further supporting information may be requested as necessary.

It is hoped that this information assists in teams understanding of the amended entry arrangements brought about by the wider UCI regulation changes.




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