CYCLING’S National Elite Road Race Championships are coming to Northumberland for the first time.
The men’s and women’s races – which are the top level of cycling racing in the UK – will start and finish in the village of Stamfordham on Sunday, June 26.
In recent years, the rural course has staged The Beaumont Trophy event and its success has led to this upgrade.
As with the Beaumont race, the national elite contests will be part of the Northern Rock Cyclone weekend that gives members of the public who enjoy cycling the chance to take part in fun and challenging rides.
On Saturday, June 25, the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge features 33, 63 and 104-mile routes, which head out into the Northumberland countryside from Newcastle Falcons’ rugby ground at Kingston Park.
The longer two routes share part of their course with the National Elite Road Race Championships route, including the challenging Ryals climb two miles north west of Matfen.
The weekend begins on the evening of Friday, June 24 with the Leazes Criteriums.
This series of thrilling races around Newcastle’s Leazes Park features amateur and children’s races, building to a feature race which is expected to attract elite riders including Tour de France and Olympic cycling superstars.
Northern Rock Cyclone weekend organiser Peter Harrison said: “The Northern Rock Cyclone has grown into a fantastic event in recent years. To add the National Elite Road Race Championships to the weekend is a real coup for the North East.”
Full details of the events and details of how you can ride in the Cyclone Challenge, are at www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk