Castle Morpeth set to be blown away by Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cyclone

Dean Downing raises his arms in victory at the end of the 2013 Beaumont Trophy race.
Dean Downing raises his arms in victory at the end of the 2013 Beaumont Trophy race.

Castle Morpeth will come to life this weekend as the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling race roars through the area.

The village of Stamfordham will be a hive of activity with community groups running popular fundraising stalls.

I’m overwhelmed each year by the number of people who come out to celebrate cycling

Cyclone founder Peter Harrison

More than 2,000 people will take to their bikes as one of the UK’s most respected and established cycling events returns to the region this weekend.

A three-day festival event, the Virgin Money Cyclone sees cyclists of all ages and abilities take to some of Northumberland and Newcastle’s and most scenic roads and cycleways in celebration of a the sport.

Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling Founder and Organiser, Peter Harrison, said: “I’m overwhelmed each year by the amount of people who turn out to celebrate cycling and support people riding in Virgin Money Cyclone events.

“With so many world-class athletes on the starting line for Sunday, and in the region training in the days leading up to their events, it’s a fantastic chance for local people to see some of the country’s sporting heroes in action in the North-East.”

Festivities open this Friday on the banks of the River Tyne with family ride, the Tyne Six Bridges, starting and finishing at the Cycle Hub.

Saturday sees riders assemble at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park, for the annual Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides.

The Cyclone picks up pace on Sunday and a day of serious race spectating for the North East.

Over 200 riders will contest internationally recognised men’s event, the Beaumont Trophy among others. For full event information, visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk.