New look for Cyclone event

A MAJOR cycling festival which includes competitions and rides in Northumberland has a new name.

Following its acquisition of Northern Rock at the start of this year, Virgin Money will carry on the sponsorship of the annual Cyclone event.

The inaugural ‘Virgin Money Cyclone’ will be held between June 28 and July 1.

As in previous years, the weekend will include the hugely popular challenge rides on the Saturday (June 30) through the Northumberland countryside – with a choice of 33, 63 and 104-mile routes – and the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar race featuring professional riders on the Sunday (July 1), which starts and finishes in Stamfordham.

A new addition to the Sunday programme for this year is the Curlew Cup.

Following the success of the Women’s National Road Race Championships as part of the Cyclone festival in 2011, the Curlew Cup will be the first ever national standard all-ladies race held in the North East.

Virgin Money Cyclone organiser Peter Harrison said: “Northern Rock supported the event since the very beginning and I’m delighted that this relationship will carry on through Virgin Money.

“I’m sure that it can continue to go from strength to strength.”