With four beautiful and varied routes - 34, 64, 90 and 106 miles - the Cyclone Challenge is one the great events of the UK cycling calendar. It's a “must-do” ride for cyclists of all abilities and ages.
Starting from the well-equipped Newcastle Falcons Rugby stadium, on the edge of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the four routes rapidly transport riders into the picturesque landscapes of Northumberland: quiet roads along beautiful river valleys, over remote moorlands and through pretty villages. Entry is £34 for adults and £17 for under-16s.
The 2019 event takes place on Saturday 6 July 2019. Choose a route to suit your cycling ability, fitness, age and experience: there are 34, 64, 90 or 106 mile options (see event regulations for guidance on younger riders). Enter online and then turn up on the day and enjoy a meticulously well organised event, with plentiful parking, covered sign-on with snack bars, electronic timing/tracking, mobile support, up to four feed stations and lots of “top-up” culinary delights in village halls, not to mention that Northumbrian countryside.
Adults £34, Under-16 £17
Who Can Ride the Challenge Rides?
The four routes offer a challenge to all ages and abilities from serious club cyclists who are looking to test themselves, through to less experienced, less fit or younger participants looking for a well-supported ride through lovely countryside. The four events distances have been planned to ensure that there is a challenge for everyone and one that will allow you to ride within your capabilities. For full details of who can enter the four rides, see our Event Regulations page.
All four rides start and finish at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park and all four share, in part, sections of the Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup race routes, ridden by elite riders on the Sunday.
Ride A - 34 miles - Green Route (ViewMap)
Designed for families and those just who want to enjoy the countryside without any large hills. The route is undulating and ascends for a total of 390M (1280ft) whilst passing through a number of small villages with pubs and Coffee shops. There is one feed station at Stamfordham.
Ride B - 64 miles - Blue Route (View Map)
This ride is for cyclists who want a challenge. It is a hilly route and not to be entered without a little previous training. It ascends 1217M (3993ft) in the 64mls. There are feed stations at The Gate Forestburngate, Cambo and Stamfordham. The ride also passes through a number of villages and hamlets where there are pubs and coffee shops.
Ride C - 90mls - Red Route(View Map)
This route was first added in 2016 to provide a intermediate challenge between the 64 and 106 mile options. One of the highlights is the ascent of Winters Gibbet. This route ascends 1788m (5866ft) in the 90 miles. There are feed stations at The Gate Forestburngate, Elsdon, Cambo and Stamfordham.
Ride D - 106 miles - Black Route (View Map)
A serious challenge for the more experienced cyclists. The route is very hilly with 2374m (7789ft) of climbing and eight significant climbs. The highest point is Troughend Common (340m), west of Otterburn in the Cheviot Hills. There are 4 feed stations on this route (see map). Riders competing this distance will have the additional challenge of achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze Standard for their ride. The standards are set as follows: Gold, under 5 hours, 45 minutes; Silver, between 5 hours 46minutes and 6 hours 35 minutes; Bronze, over 6 hours 35 minutes.
On the Day
All our Feed Stations are manned by volunteers from the villages along with Gosforth Sea Cadets. They will be handing out water, energy drinks, bars and bananas. These are free to all participants. Additionally, a selection of hot drinks and cakes/sandwiches, made by the local villagers, can be purchased. All Feed Stations will have 1st Aid Facilities and contact back to Event HQ.
Timing Stations are situated around the routes and at the start/finish. It is important that all riders ensure that their timing chip is securely attached to their helmet on the left side so that the organisers can accurately monitor where riders are on the course. Finishers in all events will be given a finishing time as well as intermediate split times. Riders will be able to download a certificate after completion of the event which will show their finishing time.
Register/Sign-on: Before starting the Cyclone Challenge Rides, you must first visit Registration/Sign-on. You can do this on the evening of Friday 5th July, at the Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle Quayside, or on the morning of the event at the event HQ (Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club). All riders must sign-on and register themselves individually at one of these two opportunities. You cannot sign on for another/other riders. Please bring your entry confirmation slip (emailed to you when you enter) and a separate piece of identification with you. Wherever possible participants for the Saturday rides are requested to register on Friday to ease congestion on Saturday morning.
Registration/Sign-on Friday 5th July:
The Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle Quayside - All routes: 4pm -9pm
Registration/Sign-on Saturday 6th July: Newcastle Falcons Rugby Ground
106 mile route: 7.00-8.00am
90 mile route: 8.00-9.00am
64 mile route: 8.30-9.30am
34 mile route: 9.00-10.00am
Start Times: The following start times are recommended for each distance:
106 mile route: 8.00-8.45am
90 mile route: 8.45-9.30am
64 mile route: 9.30-10.30am
34 mile route: 10.30-11.00am
Don’t worry of you miss your allocated start time as you will be able to start as long as it is before 11.00am. The 34 mile route riders will not start until the longer route riders have started, to allow time for the Feed/Timing Station at Stamfordham to open. Please note, all riders are requested to complete their rides by 6pm. Please choose your ride and pace your day accordingly.
Event Car Parking
Pre-Book On-Site Parking: For just £5 you can book a parking spot in the East Stand car park at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Ground, where the event HQ and start/finish are located. The cost of ticket can be redeemed against food and drink bought from the stadium cafe/snack bars - Book Parking
Free "Park & Ride" Parking:
Free Car parking is available at the 500 space Great North Park Park and Ride which is just 2km (5 mins by bike) from the Falcons' Ground and close to the A1. This car park will be sign posted, with Stewards to guide riders to the start. For those with SatNav, please use the postcode NE13 9NR - the Park & Ride site is on the opposite side of the road to the SAGE building.
- WARNING Parking is not available in the streets around the event HQ and traffic wardens will be operating.
During Your Ride
Route Signs: All junctions throughout the four routes will be comprehensively signposted. Exact route details for each ride are also available on this website. We'd also recommend you take a map or download the route onto your mobile device, just in case you wander off track - Maps & Routes
Insurance, First Aid & Support: Your entry fee covers insurance provided by British Cycling for the duration of the event. The Feed and Timing stations will be manned by village volunteers and the Sea Cadets and there will be full first aid medical cover throughout the event. Throughout the event “service” vehicles, as used in the following day’s elite races, will be on hand to assist with mechanical issues.
Litter Disposal: Please dispose of litter considerately. There are bins at all the feeds. Litter dropped on the course, such as gel wrappers, jeopardises the future of our events.