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New Lead Sponsor For Cyclone

New Lead Sponsor For Cyclone

October 20, 2021 | 3months | Press Releases

The Cyclone Festival of Cycling has a new headline sponsor, St Mary’s Inn, a pub, hotel and restaurant in St Mary's Park, close to Morpeth and one of the North-East’s best-known venues,.

The Cyclone is one of the UK’s longest established cycling festivals and the 2022 edition will be the fifteenth running of an event that has attracted some of the world’s leading cyclists to compete in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, whilst also providing organised cycling rides for cyclists of all abilities.

Peter Harrison, the organiser of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, said:

“St Mary’s Inn is a strong and distinct North-East brand that fits beautifully with our aspirations for the Cyclone Festival of Cycling and their backing is great news for the event and the region alike.”

“Over the last decade and a half, our festival has established a reputation for providing excellent races for elite athletes, including Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, Sarah Storey and household names like Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Deignan.”

“We have combined this with participation events for tens of thousands of cyclists from far and wide, under the wider umbrella of the festival. St Mary’s Inn’s backing will enable us to build on this success, whilst continuing to support the local economy, through the thousands of cyclists and spectators we attract as participants and tourists to the North-East every year.”

St Mary’s Inn Managing Director Annette Sadler said:

“At St Mary’s Inn, we are incredibly proud to be lead sponsor of the Cyclone. We are looking forward to being involved as thousands of cycling riders and fans flock to the festival next June.”

“The hard work that Cyclone does in encouraging a healthier lifestyle is inspirational and, in bringing people into Northumberland and promoting an area we are so proud of, we share a common passion.”

The 2022 Cyclone Festival of Cycling begins with The Tyne Six Bridges family rides on the evening of Friday 24th June, followed by the popular Cyclone Challenge Rides on Saturday 25th June. Entries for both events go on sale on Monday 1st November, via the festival’s website - Details of the festival’s two races, the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy, will be announced shortly.


Tyne 6 Bridges rides: Gentle 10 and 15 mile traffic-free rides along the banks of the Tyne, Friday 24th June evening

Cyclone Challenge rides: 34, 64, 90 and 106 mile challenge rides into Northumberland’s countryside, offering a personal challenge for everyone from beginners to dedicated riders. Saturday 25 June.

Curlew Cup: One of the leading women’s bike races in the UK and part of British Cycling’s National Women’s Road Series. Based in Stamfordham village. Date TBC.

Beaumont Trophy: A stunning road bike race which has run since the 1950s and twice been the national championships. Part of British Cycling’s National Men’s Road Series
Where: Based in Stamfordham village. Date TBC.


St Mary’s Inn and Restaurant is a relaxed, informal but luxurious Northumberland pub, hotel and restaurant. nestled in the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside. A visit is all about warmth and generosity, whether you come to eat, drink or stay. Friendly hospitality, flavoursome food and truly comfortable bedrooms with big, colourful spaces, cosy corners and real fires are the order of the day, every day. Visit for details and bookings.

Cyclone Festival of Cycling facts

£13m – Contribution to NE economy.
£2m – Raised for charity.
2 million – miles ridden by riders of the Cyclone Challenge Rides.
30,000 – number of riders in Cyclone Challenge since 2007.

With fifteen years of history, the Cyclone weekend is well-known. But its roots go back way further! The first Beaumont Trophy race was held in 1952 with previous winners including Sir Bradley Wiggins. The Cyclone was one of the first full-on weekends of cycling to include top level elite racing and a professionally organized sportive ride.

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