Freak weather yesterday forced cancellation of new Tyne 6 Bridges Ride

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.

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.