Thursday eening will see addition of ride over Tyne Bridges aimes at learners and families

Organisers of the annual Northern Rock Cyclone weekend are promising that the 2012 event, pencilled in for Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July, will be bigger and better than ever, including a new ride for beginners and families on the opening evening.

This year, the event in the North East incorporated the national elite road race championships, with the men’s event won by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, a past winner of the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar Race, which returns on the Sunday next year.

Also featuring over the weekend will be the Leazes Criteriums in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on the Friday evening, and of course the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge rides on the Saturday; entry for those rides, which attracted 4,000 particpants this year, will open in November.

The new event on the Thursday evening is called the Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride, incorporating “two gentle routes of nine and 14.5 miles along the banks of the Tyne.”

The rides start at Newcastle Quayside the rides and include the Millennium, Tyne, Swing, High Level, Redheuth and Scotswood bridges. Entry will cost £6 for adults and children.

Event organiser Peter Harrison said: “We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the spirit of the Northern Rock Cyclone. The new Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride is perfect for beginner cyclists and for young families so is a great way for everyone to get involved.”

The latest news on the Northern Rock Cylone weekend 2012 can be found on the event website.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.