Cyclone Races to feature in National Road Series

The full event line-up for the 2020 Cyclone Festival of Cycling has been confirmed following British Cycling's announcement that the Curlew Cup women's race and Beaumont Trophy men's race are both to feature in their 2020 National Road Series.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 2:19 pm
Action from last year's Cyclone Festival races.
Action from last year's Cyclone Festival races.

Event Organiser Peter Harrison said: "I'm really pleased that our two races have once again been included in British Cycling's prestigious National Series.

“We put a lot of work into making these races tough, testing, exciting to watch and spectator-friendly. We also work hard to make the Festival weekend an accessible, inspiring and enjoyable experience for cyclists of all abilities, with fun, family events at one end of the spectrum and elite races at the other end and all showcasing the beauty and history of the North East of England!"

Both the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy, which take place on the final day of the 2020 Cyclone Festival of Cycling (June 28), have been included in British Cycling's prestigious National Road Series.

The 2020 Curlew Cup for women will be run on the morning of Sunday, June 28. The race takes place around the village of Stamfordham, close to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and takes in the tough climb of the Ryals, just North of the village of Matfen. The race will consist of two laps of a 25 mile loop followed by a single lap of a 14 mile loop, adding up to 64 miles.

The 2020 Beaumont Trophy for men will be run on the afternoon. The race also takes place around the village of Stamfordham, near Newcastle and will consist of four laps of a 25 mile loop followed by a single lap of a 14 mile loop, adding up to 114 miles.

The 2020 Cyclone Festival of Cycling includes six public rides, from 10 miles to 108 miles in length which are suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The Festival opens with the Tyne 6 Bridges family rides on Friday evening, June 26. Both routes (10 & 15 miles) take riders along a flat, traffic-free route by the river Tyne, under and over the rover's iconic bridges and past some of the most historic riverside sites in the UK.

The Cyclone Challenge Rides take place on Saturday 27 and offer routes of 34, 65, 93 and 108 miles.