On your bikes, cyclists

THOSE taking part in a major mass participation bike ride through the Northumberland countryside will be able to cycle alongside professional riders.

Team IG Sigma Sport has agreed to take part in the Cyclone Challenge rides – three routes consisting of 33, 63 and 104 miles – on Saturday, June 29 as well as the Beaumont Trophy the following day, which passes through the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen and involves climbing the Ryals.

During the Saturday event, the professionals will be on hand to offer hints and tips to members of the public that will be joining them.

Virgin Money Cyclone event organiser Peter Harrison said: “Our series of rides is well known for offering something for all riders – from beginners to pros. I am really pleased to be able to give all sorts of people the chance to ride alongside their cycling heroes at the 2013 event.”

The rides begin with the family-orientated 9.5-mile and 14.5-mile Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride along the banks of the River Tyne on Thursday, June 27.

The following day there is Criterium racing in Leazes Park, Newcastle, which starts at 6.15pm. Also on Sunday, June 30, the Women’s National Series Road Race (The Curlew Cup) will take place on the Ingoe Circuit.

For information and to sign up for the weekend, visit www.virginmon eycyclone.co.uk

You can follow @VMCyclone on Twitter and like the Virgin Money Cyclone page on Facebook to keep up to date with event news and get the latest hints and tips on training and preparation.