Champions Return For Curlew Cup

Friday, 2nd June, 2017
Two more leading teams have confirmed their line-ups for the Curlew Cup national women’s road race which takes place in Northumberland on Sunday 18th June. Drops Cycling Team and Team Ford Ecoboost both contain a former winner of the event, which is part of the 3-day Cyclone Festival of Cycling, NE England’s biggest annual cycling event.
 
 

Nicola Juniper (pictured above) will be heading up the six-rider Team Ford Ecoboost line-up and will once again be amongst the favourites for the race, which suits her aggressive style. In 2016 she not only won the race, but also the mountains and sprints competition, though she only claimed the overall win after a very tight sprint with Dame Sarah Storey.

The four-rider Drops Cycling Team line-up includes Laura Massey, who won the 2015 edition of the race. The team also includes Hannah Payton, one of the country’s leading Cyclo-Cross competotirs and a rider who should find the hilly terrain of the Curlew Cup to her liking.

Team Ford Ecoboost line-up for the Curlew Cup

Melissa Brand
Bethany Hayward
Nicola Juniper
Kelly Murphy
Charmaine Porter
Jennifer Powell

Drops Cycling Team line-up for the Curlew Cup

Laura Massey
Rose Osborne
Hannah Payton
Abigail Van Twisk

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: “Nicola Juniper really helped to make last year’s race an exciting spectacle. She’s famed for her aggressive style and always gives a hundred percent. The Drops team are also getting reputation for racing hard and I’m expecting a really good race between the leading teams.”
 
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