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Curlew Cup - Sunday 28th June 2020

Date/Time: 9am, Sunday 28th June 2020
Entry: Entry coming soon
Race HQ: Stamfordham Village Hall, North Side, Stamfordham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF
Competitor Parking: Stamfordham Pavilion and Playing Fields, NE18 0LD
Spectator Parking: Situated in a field to the NW of the Village of Stamfordham, (200m from Race HQ) on the B6309, postcode NE18 0NQ. There will be a charge of £2 per car.
Event Programme: Coming soon

The Curlew Cup is an elite level women's cycling road race, with a reputation for outstanding racing. It is also regarded as one of the UK's leading events.

The 2020 Curlew Cup will be on the morning of Sunday 28th June. The race takes place around the village of Stamfordham and takes in the race-defining climb of the Ryals, just North of the village of Matfen. The race will consist of two  laps of a 25 mile loop followed by a single lap of a 14 mile loop, adding up to 64 miles. See maps of both loops on our route maps page.

Race HQ is at Stamfordham Village Hall where there are also refreshments and toilet facilities. The race is subject to a rolling road closure. There will be some short traffic delays on the day and all spectators are asked not to attempt to drive around the course unnecessarily. Cycling is a great way to watch the race. 

History of the Curlew Cup

The Curlew Cup grew out of the National Championship race held over the same course in 2011. With more challenging races being demanded by riders, the Curlew Cup was launched in 2012 and soon developed a reputation as one of the longest and toughest races on the calendar, with a combination of technical roads, exposed sections and stiff climbs.

Previous Winners

2012 Dame Sarah Storey
2013 Hannah Barnes
2014 Katie Archibald
2015 Laura Massey
2016 Nicki Juniper
2017 Julie Erskine
2018 Jessica Roberts
2019 Elizabeth Bennett

Watching the Race

The race takes place around the village of Stamfordham and takes in the potentially race-defining climb of the Ryals twice. Stamfordham is an excellent place to watch the race, with plentiful parking and excellent facilities. Watching the race at other points on the course is probably best by bicycle as parking on the narrow country lanes is very limited. We'd recommend basing yourself in Stamfordham, with the option of cycling out to Matfen, or the nearby Ryals climb, during the race. Please note, spectators are not allowed to park in the centre of Stamfordham and will be directed to well-signposted parking areas 5 minutes walk from the village. 


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