he Cyclone Festival of Cycling was created in 2007 to encourage as many people as possible to get out on their bikes, get fitter and enjoy the countryside over a summer weekend in beautiful Northumberland. The Festival caters for competitive and non-competitive cyclists alike with six public rides from 10 to 109 miles in length and with two elite road races for the best riders in the country.
The event starts and finishes at the Cycle Hub, Ouseburn and use Sustrans Routes along the north and south banks of the Tyne heading out in a westerly direction. There are two rides of 10 and 15 miles, for those who want to experience a leisurely ride along the banks of the Tyne. These are ideal rides for the inexperienced who may be afraid of traffic or those with young families.
Four routes - 34, 65, 93 or 108 miles. The rides start and finish at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and head directly out into the Northumbrian countryside on country roads, therefore avoiding the city traffic. Riders enjoy a meticulously planned and signed route, with regular feeding/re-hydration stops, which also act as timing stations and medical control centres. There are also many cafés and pubs along all three of the routes and many competitors also stop off and enjoy a well earned rest and sample the local cuisine.
The best riders in the country will compete in these two challenging and scenic road races, starting in the village of Stamfordham, where the races also pass every lap and finish. The women's race, the Curlew Cup, will be in the morning and the men's race, the Beaumont Trophy, will be in the afternoon.