The race will be based around the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen with the start/finish in Stamfordham. These two villages successfully hosted the first four editions of the Curlew Cup which was launched in 2012.
In 2012 the Race was won by Dame Sarah Storey and in 2013 by Hannah Barnes. In 2014 the event was won by Katie Archibald who went on the represent Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 the race was won by Laura Massey and in 2016 by Nicki Juniper.
Race HQ will be 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 will not be allowed to park in Stamfordham and will be directed to designated parking areas outside the village. More details will be given in the programme and parking areas will be signposted.
The race will be subject to a phased 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 urged not to attempt to drive around the course unnecessarily.
The race will start at 9am. Competitors will complete 3 laps of the 22.3ml circuit which will also be used in the men's race. The total distance will be 66mls (106kms) The riders will climb the Ryals three times on the circuit. This is a change from previous editions of the race and it is hoped that this change will provide a testing challenge for the riders.
The race will start and finish in Stamfordham and there will be KOM, Points, Team and U23 Competitions.