Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge 2013

Virgin MoneyThe Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge will be held on Saturday 29th June 2013.

The format for the challenge will be as previously with three rides :

Ride A – 33 miles - Green Route
Designed for families and those just who want to enjoy the countryside without any large hills. The route is undulating and ascends for a total of 390M (1280ft) whilst passing through a number of small villages with pubs and Coffee shops. There is one feed station at Stamfordham

Ride B – 63 miles - Blue Route
This ride is for semi serious cyclists or those who want a challenge. It is a hilly route and not to be entered without a little previous training. The route is the same route as Ride C for the first half and then goes off in a different direction to eventually join up with ride C again for the last 1/3rd of the ride. It ascends 1217M (3993ft) in the 62mls. There are feed stations at Forestburngate and Stamfordham. The ride also passes through a number of villages and hamlets where there are pubs and coffee shops.

Ride C – 104 miles - Black Route
A serious challenge for the more experienced cyclists or those who are very fit. The route is very hilly with 2374m (7789ft) of climbing. The route is very choppy with 8 significant climbs and the highest point is Troughend Common (340m), west of Otterburn in the Cheviot Hills. There are 4 feed stations on this route at Forestburngate, Elsdon, Wark and Stamfordham.  Riders competing this distance will have the additional challenge of achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze Standard for their ride. The standards are set as follows:

Gold Standard - under 5hrs 40 mins

Silver Standard - 5hrs 41 mins - 6hrs 30mins

Bronze Standard - over 6hrs 31mins.

To learn more about the rides please click on the image to go to the website :

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