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Cyclone Challenge Rides - 6th July 2019

Rider Times, Photos, Certificates

Rider times - Cyclone Challenge Rides 

Rider Photos & Certificates - Cyclone Challenge Rides

 Thank you to everyone who took part!

Pre-Event Info

Date: Saturday 6th July 2019
HQ: Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Rd,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF
Routes: 34, 64, 90 & 106 miles 

Final instructions for all riders: 

Feed Stations

All our Feed Stations are manned by volunteers from the villages along with Gosforth Sea Cadets. They will be handing out water, SiS 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. Please plan your nutrition, carry bottles and food and replenishregularly.

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.

Registration/Sign-on/Start Times
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, Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF). 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, Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF
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-Booked On-Site Parking: For just £5 you can still obtain a parking spot in the East Stand car park at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Ground, Kingston Park Stadium, Brunton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF, 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 - 100 spaces still available on the day, first-come-first-served, on the day.

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.

Update - Parking & Roadworks Notifications For All Challenge Ride Participants
Cyclone Challenge Rides (Sat 6th July)

Important Parking Updates - Posted 4 July 2019

If you are planning to use the Great North Park & Ride car park (postcode NE13 9NR), please note there will be a road closure between 9.15am and 10.15am that will prevent you reaching the event HQ from this carpark. The road closures are for the Sage 6K Run and we have worked closely with the organisers of this event to make sure both sets of participants have up to date advice on parking etc.

The Park and Ride car park itself is only briefly closed and accessible before 9.15 am and after 9.30am BUT access to Brunton Lane, the only route to get you to our even HQ, Kingston Park Stadium, is closed between 9.15am and 10.15am. We would advise that, if you are using the Park & Ride car park you should aim to start your ride to the event HQ before 9.00am or after 10.15am.

With the weather likely to be good, we'd also advise an early arrival at the car park and then go straight to event HQ, where there are numerous toilets, plenty of catering, plus grass to sit on and chill out!

Approximately 100 paid parking places are still available at the event HQ (Kingston Park Stadium NE13 8AF). They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and cost £5 (redeemable on food and drink from the stadium's own cafe).

Great North Park & Ride car park (postcode NE13 9NR) - closed 09.15 - 09.30
Brunton Lane (only link road to event HQ from car park) - closed 09.15 - 10.15
Event HQ Parking (postcode NE13 8AF) - 100 spaces available (£5) - first-come, first-served


Additionally, due to damage to the height restriction barrier at the Park and Ride car park, we have been advised that there will be no access for vehicles over 2 metres in height (bikes on roof racks will need to be removed on entry and exit).

- 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.

Conduct: Please behave courteously to other road users, fellow participants and local residents throughout your ride. We are very proud of the unique beauty of our rides – please take all your litter home or dispose in the bins provided at feeds and the finish. We understand that there will be organised horse rides on some of the roads near Stamfordham. Please give them room and warn them of your approach. Horses are often spooked by cyclists they don’t hear approaching. A polite vocal greeting is a great way to keep yourself and the horse and rider safe.  


There is a 3 way traffic light control system at Callerton Parkway as you come back into Woolsington, a couple of miles from the finish of all four Challenge Ride routes. Although it doesn't pose any particular problems, you may be held at the lights for several minutes. Please be patient and wait for a green light and be courteous to all other road users. The long-term goodwill of local residents is vital to the future of our event and other cycling events in the area.

Please observe Highway Code regulations at all times out on your ride - it keeps everyone safe and helps to ensure we have a successful event which continues to be supported by local communities and local councils

About the Event 

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 Basics

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, SiS drinks, 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.

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.

The Routes

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.

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