Date(s) - 29 Jun 2012
Details: Following the acquisition of Northern Rock, the previous sponsors of Cyclone, Virgin Money are going to continue to sponsoring the UK’s biggest cycling festival.
The weekend will include the Leazes Criteriums on Friday evening. The Criterium racing in Leazes Park, Newcastle, starts at 6.15pm and allows spectators to get close to the racing. The races cover different ages and abilities, the evening starts with two youth races, one for U10/12 followed by another for U14/16. The supporting senior event is for riders who race regularly but are not full time riders.
Entrants must hold either a 2nd, 3rd or 4th category BC licence. The finale for the evening is a one hour race for the best riders in the country, some of whom are medal winners. There even may be some current world and Olympic champions taking part.
Event organiser, Peter Harrison, said: “Northern Rock has supported the event since the very beginning, and I am delighted that this relationship will carry on through Virgin Money. The event has firmly established itself on the cycling calendar and, with the backing of Virgin Money, I am sure that it can continue to go from strength to strength!”
Past Cyclone events have seen over £500,000 raised for charity, Virgin Money Giving is now the official not-for-profit sponsorship website of the Virgin Money Cyclone, offering fundraising support to Cyclone Challenge riders who raise money for charity. Virgin Money Giving also collects Gift Aid for free, so charities could receive £12.15 in total for every £10 a rider is sponsored.
You can follow the event on Twitter @vmcyclone and join the group on Facebook.
More info: www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk