Thousands brave storm-hit Northumberland for Cyclone Challenge
Tough northerners head out as soon as storms and floods clear
The weather cleared up in the North East this weekend, just in time for the appropriately-named Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge.
The family-friendly Tyne 6 Bridges Ride had to be cancelled as lightning was striking the Tyne bridge and a huge volume of rain fell on Thursday, submerging cars and flooding homes.
The other events carried on though, including the Cyclone Challenge, in which more than 3,000 cyclists dodged gravel and debris on the roads to take part on 33, 63 and 104-mile routes through Northumberland.
The riders were joined by pros from Rapha Condor Sharp and Team Raleigh-GAC, and there was no shortage of elite action. On Friday, Rapha Condor Sharp rider Richard Lang sprinted to victory in the elite category of the Leazes Criterium, and on Sunday Endura Racing rider Russell Downing won the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar elite road race in its 60th year.
Road.cc reader Brian Nichol wrote after the Cyclone Challenge: "Weather stayed nice and clear throughout and those gravelly roads were not too bad really.
"First time I have done this ride, after missing out last year... and I was impressed with the organisation of everything, and the feed stations were very well stocked."