Entries open for 2010 Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge

England's biggest sportive and pro races return for Newcastle cycling weekend...

Entries are now open for the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge, England’s biggest sportive ride, which takes place on Saturday 12 June 2010. The race starts from Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club’s ground at Kingston Park, and three itineraries are available, covering 33, 63 and 104 miles, respectively.

The ride forms part of the Northern Rock Cyclone weekend, running from 11-13 June, which includes the Beaumont Trophy on the Sunday, part of the Premier Calendar series and won last year by Bradley Wiggins as part of his preparation for the Tour de France.

The weekend gets underway on Friday 11 June with a series of criterium races in Leazes Park, with the elite race expected to attract leading racers from Britain, Ireland and the Continent, as it did last year.

Entry to the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge can be made through the event website, which also includes details of the routes which pass through some of Northumberland’s spectacular scenery.

It costs adults £20 to enter, which includes feed stations, electronic timing, free bike checks at Cyclelogical in Newcastle, plus a personalised certificate, and phoptos of individual riders will also be available.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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