A MAJOR cycling race in Northumberland has received recognition from the sport’s world governing body.
The Beaumont Trophy, one of 11 rides within the Virgin Money Cyclone’s four-day festival of cycling, is now a Union Cycliste International (UCI) event in its European Tour category.
Previous winners of the acclaimed race, which starts and finishes in Stamfordham and includes the climb of the Ryals, include Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Newton, Russell Downing, Dean Downing, Malcolm Elliott and Don Sanderson.
Virgin Money Cyclone founder and organiser, Peter Harrison, said: “We’re extremely proud to have a UCI race in the North East of England, particularly as there has never been an event of this stature staged in the area before.”
Elite-level riders will use the historic race on Sunday, June 22, to hone their skills ahead of the British National Road Championships the following weekend.
The Curlew Cup, a Women’s National Series Road Race event, covers the same area. It will immediately precede the Beaumont Trophy.
For more information about all of the Virgin Money Cyclone rides, visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk