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Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides

Event info
Sat 18/06/2016, 07:00

The Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides are now recognised as one of the premier cycling events in the UK where non competitive cyclists can test their fitness and set themselves a personal challenge. The event attracts riders from both inside and outside the UK and the 2016 edition will be the 10th Anniversary of the event.

Four routes - 34, 64, 90 and 106 miles are available to cater to all types of rider. Up to 3,000 riders, a friendly atmosphere and some of the country's best roads for riding make this one not to miss!


Ride A – 34 miles - Green Route
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
This ride is for semi serious cyclists or those who want a challenge. It is a hilly route and not to be entered without a little previous training. The route is the same route as Rides C and D for the first half and then goes off in a different direction to eventually join up with ride C again for the last 1/3rd of the ride. It ascends 1217M (3993ft) in the 64mls. There are feed stations at Netherwitton, 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
This new ride has been added to provide a challenge for those who do not want to do Ride D but want more of a Challenge than Ride B. It follows the same route as Ride D as far as Elsdon and then bears left to go up Winters Gibbet. It joins Ride B at the Harwood Forest Junction and follows Ride B back to the finish at Newcastle Falcons. 

Ride D – 106 miles - Black Route
A serious challenge for the more experienced cyclists or those who are very fit. The route is very hilly with 2374m (7789ft) of climbing. The route is very choppy with 8 significant climbs and the highest point is Troughend Common (340m), west of Otterburn in the Cheviot Hills. There are 4 feed stations on this route at Forestburngate, Elsdon, Wark and Stamfordham.  Riders competing this distance will have the additional challenge of achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze Standard for their ride. 

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