More than 3,700 cyclists – from families and beginners to elite riders - signed up to take part in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides on 29 June.
Part of the well-established Virgin Money Cyclone weekend of riding and racing, the 2013 Challenge rides included guest appearances from professional Madison Genesis and Team IG Sigma Sport riders.
The Virgin Money Cyclone weekend takes place in and around Newcastle in England, and is one of the country’s biggest and most successful cycling festivals. It is designed to use a mixture of elite racing and riding for enthusiasts to create an inspirational and exciting atmosphere.
The weekend started with the Tyne 6 Bridges leisure rides on Thursday 27 June, which saw 450 riders take part in friendly traffic-free rides along the banks of the Tyne.
On the Friday and Sunday of the weekend, crowds cheered on riders in the professional Leazes Criteriums, Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy races.
The 2014 Virgin Money Cyclone will take place from Thursday 19 June to Sunday 22 June, with entries for the Cyclone Challenge rides opening on 1 November 2013. For more information visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk, follow the event on Twitter @VMCyclone or like the event page on Facebook.
Some 220,000 spectators were treated to perfect weather and highly competitive racing in the 2013 edition of the Challenge Roth triathlon.
Race debutants Dirk Bockel and Caroline Steffen took out the male and female categories in an event which is quickly becoming regarded as one of the world’s very best.
A truly international event, Luxembourg’s Bockel and Switzerland’s Steffen repelled several determined competitors over the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and marathon distance 42.195km run to win fiercely competitive races.
Challenge Roth is surrounded by an atmosphere which is so positive, so exciting, so inspiring it is absolutely no wonder the event is always a raging success. The crowd goes wild when the leaders enter the finishing stadium, as they do at most events around the world.
What separates Challenge Roth from most other events is that the crowd is still going wild when the very last participants enter the stadium. As a matter of fact the final athlete carries two burning torches into the stadium, at which time thousands of sparklers are lit amongst the crowd and fireworks light up the night sky.
Challenge Roth is spine tingling, Challenge Roth is inspiring. Once again in 2013, Challenge Roth IS triathlon.