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Highlights of the first Virgin Money Cyclone
Highlights of the inaugral Virgin Money Cyclone

Elite cyclists, a great family atmosphere and cash raised for charity over a long weekend in the incredible Northumberland countryside

The Virgin Money Cyclone is the UK’s biggest cycling festival, and further supports Virgin Money’s ambition to make everyone better off. The inaugural event took place between 28 June and 1 July, featuring:

  • The Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride – a relaxed, family event along the banks of the River Tyne, over six of its iconic bridges

  • The Leazes Criteriums – a series of sprint events for youth racers and licensed seniors including world and Olympic champions

  • The Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides – a choice of three increasingly difficult routes through the beautiful Northumberland countryside, from 33 miles to 104 miles

  • Elite races including the Women’s National Series Road Race, The Curlew Cup and the Men’s Premier Calendar Road Race, The Beaumont Trophy

By providing financial support to hold the Cyclone weekend, Virgin Money helps:

  • Thousands of cyclists and families to raise money for good causes, or challenge themselves to become healthier and enjoy the beautiful North East landscape

  • To provide spectators with a unique opportunity to see world-class athletes perform

  • Raise awareness of how Virgin Money works with its local communities to help good causes

Virgin Money Giving logo

Our sponsorship of the Virgin Money Cyclone also means people can use Virgin Money Giving, our not-for-profit fundraising site which ensures all funds raised go to support good causes. Virgin Money Giving can be used by anyone and everyone raising money for a charitable cause (not just the Cyclone!).

Our aim is to help people raise over £250 million for charity by 2014. We’re already well on the way – Virgin Money Giving site users broke the £100 million barrier this year.

Click on the slideshow to see highlights of the 2012 Virgin Money Cyclone – including…

1. Riders setting off on their Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge ride from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club

Riders setting off on their Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge ride from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club

2. The elite women cyclists taking part in the Curlew Cup head out into Northumberland on the Sunday

The elite women cyclists taking part in the Curlew Cup head out into Northumberland on the Sunday

3. Sarah Storey, winner of the Curlew Cup, poses with her trophy alongside second place winner Catherine Williamson, and third place Helen Wyman

Sarah Storey, winner of the Curlew Cup, poses with her trophy and second place Catherine Williamson and third place Helen Wyman

4. Richard Lang, winner of Friday's Elite Criterium with Paul Voss in second and Matt Cronshaw in third place

Richard Lang, winner of Friday's Elite Criterium with Paul Voss in second and Matt Cronshaw in third place

5. The Newcastle All Stars steel orchestra entertain the crowds at Leazes Park

The Newcastle All Stars steel orchestra entertain the crowds at Leazes Park

6. The riders taking part in the Youth Criteriums start the race at Leazes Park

The riders taking part in the Youth Criteriums start the race at Leazes Park

7. Getting close to the action mid-race

Getting close to the action mid-race

8. Jake Womersley, winner of the Senior Criteriums, crosses the finish line

Jake Womersley, winner of the Senior Criteriums, crosses the finish line

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