All geared up for 2012

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AN event which encourages people to cycle on the roads of Northumberland will return in 2012.

The hugely popular Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge, where riders can choose courses of 30, 60, or 100 miles, will take place on Saturday, June 30.

The following day will see the Stamfordham-based Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar event, which this year was chosen as the British National Championships race.

The Leazes Criteriums will once again be on the Friday night and there is a new event for beginners and families on the Thursday evening along the banks of the Tyne.

Andy Tate, Customer and Commercial Director at Northern Rock, said: “The Northern Rock Cyclone is a fantastic event that is enjoyed by so many people.

“The fact that it is held here in our region makes it even more special and we are proud to announce our continued sponsorship of the Cyclone in 2012.”

Entries for the weekend will open in November and for more information about the event, visit