Olympic Champion to race Curlew Cup

Thursday, 1st June, 2017
Katie Archibald, a reigning Olympic and World champion and one of the biggest names in British cycling is expected to line up for the Curlew Cup women’s road race which takes place in Northumberland on Sunday 18th June. The race is part of the 3-day Cyclone Festival of Cycling, NE England’s biggest annual cycling event.
 
 
Riders tackle the Ryals climb in the 2016 Curlew Cup

Archibald will be riding for Team WNT Pro Cycling, whom she represents when not racing for the GB Cycling Team. Archibald was part of the GB quartet who won gold in the Team Pursuit track event at the Rio Olympics last year and is also the reigning world champion in the Omnium discipline. Archibald won the Curlew Cup in 2014.

The six-woman Team WNT Pro Cycling line-up also includes Archibald’s fellow Scot, Eileen Roe, who is the current national Circuit Race champion.

Team WNT Pro Cycling line-up for the Curlew Cup

Katie Archibald
Natalie Grinczer
Hayley Jones
Bex Rimmington
Eileen Roe
Gabriella Shaw

The sixth edition of the Curlew Cup is a round of British Cycling’s HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series. The race itself is sponsored by Northumberland National Park and will be based around the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen with the start/finish in Stamfordham, which is an ideal base for spectators. The race will start at 9am. Competitors will complete 3 laps of a 22.3ml circuit and ascend the famous Ryals climb (another ideal spectator location) each lap. The total prize fund is expected to be £2000.
 
Other sponsors of the event include Saddle Skedaddle, the UK's leading independent cycling holiday specialists, who will be sponsoring the Points Competition whilst local beverage manufacturer Fentimans will be sponsoring the Queen of the Mountain prize. 

Organiser Peter Harrison said: “Our races have always attracted the country’s biggest cycling names, but it’s still pretty special to see Katie Archibald’s name on the start list. We are very familiar with her capabilities following her 2014 win and it will be great to welcome her back as a World and Olympic champion.”

 
RIDE THE 2017 CYCLONE FESTIVAL OF CYCLING YOURSELF

Friday 16 June - Tyne 6 Bridges Rides: two short (10 & 15 miles), fun, traffic-free routes alongside the river Tyne, starting in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and passing many of the city's landmark buildings and the buzzing regenerated riverside. The perfect way to spend a relaxing evening with friends and family, young and old.
 
Saturday 17 June - Cyclone Challenge Rides: four beautiful routes of 34, 64, 90 or 106 miles. All pass through Northumberland's unique scenery of heather moorland, lush river valleys & peaceful farmland. With well-stocked free feed stations plus village halls selling delicious home-made cakes and teas.
 
Links - our video guides to major Cyclone climbs: The Ryals / Bilsmoor / The Gibbet / Garleigh Moor