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Cyclone Challenge Rides - Saturday 25 June 2022

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Sign-On Times & Locations

All riders must sign-on for their event individually. We have two sign-on sessions, on the day and on the evening before:

Friday 24 June – Sign-on at The Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle Quayside NE6 1BU
All Routes -16.00 – 21.00

Saturday 25 June – Sign-on at Newcastle Falcons’ Rugby Stadium, Kingston Park, Brunton Road, Kenton Bank Foot, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8AF:
Route-D 109 Miles: 07.00 - 08.00
Route-C 93 Miles: 08.00 - 09.00
Route-B 65 Miles: 08.30 - 09.30
Route-A 37 Miles: 09.30 - 10.30

What to Bring To Sign-On: To make the process as quick as possible, please bring a copy of your entry reference ID number which you will have received when you originally entered the event (a screenshot of the confirmation email is ideal). Alternatively, a driver’s licence or similar document with your name on it.

Your Number & Timing Chip: At Sign-on, you will receive an envelope which will contain your riders number and your timing chip. Keep hold of the envelope as it has your T-shirt size reference printer on it, presentation of which will speed up the collection process after your ride has finished.

Booking A Parking Space

We very strongly recommend you book pre-paid parking spaces at the event HQ, Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club (postcode NE6 1BU). You can book here. Don’t forget to bring your parking voucher on the day.

Start Times

The following are recommended start times which we ask you to adhere to if possible, though we are reasonably flexible.

Route D 109 Miles: 08.00 - 08.45
Route C 93 Miles: 08.45 - 09.15
Route B 65 Miles: 09.15 - 10.45
Route A 37 Miles: 10.45 - 11.15


Results Base Timing Systems will set up a timing chip scanning system for the event. Timing locations are out on the public road, just before and after the stadium. This means you can relax during the roll-out from the stadium and roll-in upon your return as timing starts and ends on the “open road”. Rider times will be published on our website.

Route Signs & Route Files 

All routes are very well signposted with colour-coded signs, but we always advise riders to familiarise themselves with their chosen route before the event and to carry a GPS route file. Download your file here

All routes are very well signposted with colour-coded signs, but we always advise riders to familiarise themselves with their chosen route before the event and to carry a GPS route file. Download your file here

Route Sign Colour Coding

Route D 109 Miles: Black Route
Route C 93 Miles: Red Route
Route B 65 Miles: Blue Route
Route A 37 Miles: Green Route


Every rider has event insurance from British Cycling, provided as part of their entry.


Please behave courteously towards other road users, fellow participants and local residents throughout your ride. In particular, please don’t ride more than two abreast and please show consideration for the safe and free passage of other road users. Our roads are quiet and friendly. Please help this to continue. Horses are often seen out on the routes and are easily 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. 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.

At the finish

Timing: Your finish time will automatically be recorded by timing sensors just before you turn back into the event HQ. Please visit our website after the event for finishing times.

Goody-Bag: When you have finished your ride you should promptly collect your Goody Bag and T-shirt. Simply show the helpers your sign-on envelope to claim these.

Images & Certificates Photographs: The Official photographers for the Challenge rides are Marathon Photos. Their photos will be available at within 48hrs. Download your personalised certificate post-event from the same website.

Covid-19 Precautions

You are asked not to attend the event if you or anyone in your family, work or social contacts have any symptoms of Covid 19 or if you have have been advised to take a test or isolate due to being exposed to someone diagnosed with Covid 19. Event Registration/Signing On will be done by the Registration Team following a visual ID of Participant documentation (i.e. no pens/paper). Friday evening registration (for both events) will be held outdoors.. Saturday morning registration will be held outdoors, in Kingston Park West Stand concourse.



About The Challenge Rides 

The Cyclone Challenge Rides is one of the UK's longest-running "sportive" events and regarded as one of the country's "must-do" rides, with four beautiful routes transporting riders out into Northumberland's quiet, unspoilt and spectacular landscapes.

The event takes place in one of England's most sparsely populated counties and with a huge network of minor roads in all directions, cars are few and far between, making for a peaceful and relaxed riding experience. Maps of all four routes can be found here.

For many, the beauty of Northumberland National Park is also a major attraction and the four rides all include a stunning range of landscapes, with rolling farmland, winding river valleys, picturesque villages and remote and wild uplands.

The significant climbs on the longer routes include with the epic remoteness of Winters Gibbet, which starts at over 500 feet above sea-level, the triple ramps of the surprisingly steep Ryals, the spectacular upland edges of Garleigh Moor and the unrivalled views of Bilsmoor.

The Four Route Options

Ride A 37 miles (Green Route): Designed for families and riders who want to enjoy the countryside without any large hills. The route is undulating, passing through a number of pretty villages, including historic Stamfordham, where there is a feed station (plus the famous village hall cafe). View Map

Ride B 65 miles (Blue Route): This ride is hilly and not without its challenges, but short enough to enjoy is you're not a dedicated cyclist. for cyclists who want a challenge. A little previous training is recommended as the ride ventures into the hills of Northumberland, especially after the first feed. The Ryals climb (featured in Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs), comes just before the final feed and is the highlight of the ride for many. View Map

Ride C 93 miles (Red Route): This route has a distinctive flavour of its own and is the only one to tackle the famous ascent of Winters Gibbet (one of the UK's 100 Greatest Climbs). The ride also includes the triple-ramped and famously steep Ryals climb. With regular climbing throughout its 93 miles, the route requires good levels of cycling fitness and experience. There are feed stations at regular intervals, all well-stocked, plus cafes and village stalls at a number of other points. View Map

Ride D 109 miles (Black Route): The toughest route and an excellent challenge for more experienced cyclists. The route is rolling throughout, with eight significant climbs distributed through the mid section, with the deceptive and steep Ryals providing a fitting climax to the serious ascents. To keep you going, there are 4 feed stations (not to mention numerous cafes and village hall tea rooms) en-route. 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 6 hours; Silver, between 6 hours and 7 hours; Bronze, over 7 hours. View Map


Rider Support Package

  • Feed Stations: All our Feed Stations will be handing out water, energy drinks, bars and bananas. These will be plentiful and are free to all participants. Many of our riders also take advantage of the amazing selection of hot drinks and cakes/sandwiches, made by the local villagers and on offer around all four routes. Feed stations are located at Netherwitton, Elsdon, Cambo, Wark & Stamfordham.
  • First Aid: All Feed Stations will have First Aid Facilities and are in contact with Event HQ. A mobile ambulance will also be available.
  • Timing/Tracking: We use electronic timing and timing chips to automatically record every rider's time, plus monitor their progress around the routes. You will be able to download a certificate after completion of the event which will show your finishing time.
  • En-Route: The National Escort Group (NEG) will provide motorcycle riders to supervise and monitor all four rides. Service cars will be provided to sweep the ride routes to identify any riders in need of mechanical assistance or recovery and all riders will be given an emergency number to call in case of emergencies.
  • Insurance: Every rider has event insurance from British Cycling, provided as part of their entry.


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