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Virgin Money Cyclone - Your chance to ride with the pros


Those signing up to take part in this year’s Virgin Money Cyclone will be able to ride alongside professional riders after Team IG Sigma Sport agreed to take part in Tyne 6 bridges and Cyclone challenge rides as well as Sunday’s Beaumont Trophy. The professional riders will be on hand to offer hints and tips to those taking part in both events.

Peter Harrison, event organiser said: “The elite team changes for this year will really mix things up. Now that the Endura team are racing abroad and a number of new teams have launched, it will be fascinating to see just how the 2013 season pans out. Premier Calendar events will be very strong with the teams bringing a good mix of youth and experience.”

He added: “The Virgin Money Cyclone is well known for offering something for all riders – from beginners to pros. I am really pleased to be able to give all sorts of riders the chance to ride alongside their cycling heroes at the 2013 event.”

Team IG Sigma Sport Cycling general manager Becky Frewing said: “Our riders love the stunning scenery and the warm welcome they always get riding in the North East. What better way for them to prepare for the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend’s racing than to get out for a ride and share their love of cycling!”

Virgin Money Cyclone

Team IG Sigma Sport in action at the 2012 Virgin Money Cyclone.

This year’s event promises a superb selection of racing and riding for competitors and spectators and entries have been pouring in over the Christmas period.

The Virgin Money Cyclone weekend takes place from 27 to 30 June 2013 in and around Newcastle and the Northumberland countryside. The event begins with the family orientated 9.5 mile and 14.5 mile Tyne 6 Bridges rides along the banks of the River Tyne.

Entries for the 2013 Virgin Money Cyclone are now live. For information and to sign up for the weekend visit You can follow @VMCyclone on Twitter and like the Virgin Money Cyclone page on Facebook to keep up to date with event news and to get the latest hints and tips on training and preparation.

For further press information contact:
Graeme Tones
Virgin Money Press Office
0191 279 4676


Virgin Money Cyclone

The Virgin Money Cyclone weekend is the biggest cycling festival in the UK. Running from Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June 2013, it will feature four days of cycling for the first time this year:

  • Thursday – Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride

    2013 will be the inaugural event for this relaxed ride. Aimed at less experienced riders and families, it follows Sustrans Routes 72 and 14 along the north and south banks of the River Tyne taking in the Millennium, Tyne, Swing, High Level, Redheugh and Scotswood bridges. There is a choice of 9.5 or 14.5 mile routes.

  • Friday – Leazes Criteriums

    The Criterium racing in Leazes Park, Newcastle starts at 6.15pm and offers spectators a great opportunity to get close to the racing. With races covering different ages and abilities, the evening starts with two youth races – one for U10/12 followed by another for U14/16. The supporting senior event is for riders who race regularly but are not full time riders. Entrants must hold either a 2nd, 3rd or 4th category BC licence. The finale for the evening is a one hour race for the best riders in the country, some of whom are medal winners. There even may be some current world and Olympic champions taking part.

  • Saturday – Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides

    This offers a choice of 3 rides of differing distances and difficulty to test all those who compete. All rides start and finish at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park, before heading out to the spectacular backdrop of the Northumbrian countryside. The routes are mainly on country roads, therefore avoiding the city traffic. Riders set off in groups of 60 at 2 minute intervals. The 3 routes offer the choice of 33, 63 and 104 miles.

  • Sunday – Elite races

    Women’s National Series Road Race – The Curlew Cup

    The first event of the day will be a Women’s National Series Road Race which will attract some of the best riders in the Country. The race starts at 9.30am and will use the Ingoe Circuit which passes through the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen. Competitors will complete 4 laps of 13.9 miles each before finishing in Stamfordham.

    Men’s Premier Calendar Road Race – The Beaumont Trophy

    Starting at 1pm, riders complete 3 laps of the 22.3 mile circuit that was used for the 2011 Men’s National Road Race Championships, including the climb of the Ryals. On completion of the 3rd lap of the larger circuit, riders will then go on to the smaller finishing circuit of 13.9 miles as used in the women’s event. This will be completed 3 times making a total distance of 108 miles.