Weekend's Virgin Money Cyclone events to go ahead after storms batter the North East (+ video)

Freak weather yesterday forced cancellation of new Tyne 6 Bridges Ride

by Simon_MacMichael   June 29, 2012  

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Organisers of this weekend’s Virgin Money Cyclone, which begins with the Leazes Criterium this evening, have said that all remaining events are set to go ahead as scheduled despite the storms that have caused massive disruption in the North East of England over the past 24 hours, including the cancellation of yesterday’s planned Tyne 6 Bridges Ride aimed at beginners and families.

A video posted to YouTube yesterday of lightning striking the Tyne Bridge gives a small idea of the conditions that forced the cancellation of that event.

In an email sent out on Friday lunchtime, organisers gave an update on the remaining events scheduled for this weekend as follows:

Friday Criteriums – the circuit is looking OK and all is in place for tonight's racing. Registration for the Saturday Challenge rides will open as planned at 1pm.

Saturday – Reports back from Northumberland County Council indicate that all roads are open. However care will have to be taken on all rides as there is a lot of gravel and debris on the roads.

Sunday – all planned to go ahead as scheduled.

Full details of all events can be found on the Virgin Money Cyclone website.

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... a lot of gravel and debris on the road - slight understatement - looks like a gravel lorry has shed its load!

... ... need more speed!

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posted by JC [140 posts]
29th June 2012 - 14:04


I wonder if I should take a spare tyre and hoop it around my shoulders like they used to do years ago in the TdF Thinking

posted by Marauder [260 posts]
29th June 2012 - 14:32


Would have needed a pedalo if it was 48 hours later.

posted by mrpt5 [62 posts]
29th June 2012 - 18:47


All credit to the organisers for keeping the weekend going, and having the sense to cancel Thursday's ride. They can't help gravel on the roads, it will take an army of sweepers to clear that it. Interesting to see how the races on Sunday go, maybe quite a few more chutes and tyre problems than usual!


posted by doc [167 posts]
30th June 2012 - 13:49


Well the ride went very well in my opinion. I thought I was going to have a bad day seeing as before I even got to the event I had a puncture Angry .

Weather stayed nice and clear throughout and those gravelly roads were not too bad really.

1st time I have done this ride, after missing out last year (but that is another story) and I was impressed with the organisation of everything, and the feed stations were very well stocked. However my only criticism of the whole ride was their placement, 1st at ?25miles? and then the 2bd at 52 miles. Which left me running on empty for a few miles and next year I will remember to stock up.

I was rather disappointed there were no stands for shops and things advertising stuff tho Crying Not that I can afford to buy but I like to look if you know what I mean.

Looking forward to next years ride already.

posted by Marauder [260 posts]
1st July 2012 - 10:01