The Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge, which increased from a 3 day to a 4 day event this year, has succeeded in its quest to encourage an interest in bike riding for competitive and non competitive cyclists.


The races took place between Thursday 28 June and Sunday 1 July, with the newest events taking place on Thursday evening. Set at the Quayside, there were 2 races which were designed on traffic free paths along the banks of the Tyne, ideal for the inexperienced cyclist or for those with young children.


The youth races took place in Leazes Park on Friday evening for U10/12 and U14/16.


Three races were held on Saturday, all for those with differing ability with a 33 mile race, a 63 mile and the most challenging, a 104 mile race.


On Sunday it was the turn for the Women's National Series Road race, a circuit race of 4 x 13.9 miles, giving a total distance of 55.6 miles. This circuit was used by both the men and women as the finishing circuit in the 2011 National Road Race Championships.

Sunday is also the day for the 61st edition of the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar Road Race; a total of 180 miles.


The number of participants has quadrupled since the event's inception in 2007 and over £500,000 has been raised for charity. The event now attracts riders from all over the world and is well on the way to increasing its status on the National Sporting Calender.



Visit the website for further details and entry for next year's event.

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