On the Friday of the Virgin Money Cyclone, the Leazes Criterium race takes place. Since the event started in 2006 its gone from strength to strength! Some of the staff from Saddle Skedaddle and the Cycle Hub will be hanging around the sign up desk so come and say hello! If you need your tyres pumping or your bike needs a quick tweak, give us a shout and somebody will be able to help! The evening has three separate sections of racing, covering juniors, seniors and pro’s! Here’s more about the races from each category.
Go Ride Youth Races U10/12 & U14/16
The evening will start with a race for youths in their own age categories at U10/12 and U14/16. There will be two races. The first will be a combined race for U10/12 and the second forU14/16 age groups.
Entry Fee: £8. Races limited to 40 for each race. All riders must be a British Cycling members and hold a current licence or take out a day licence. All entries and payments must be sent to the organiser at least 1 weeks before the event.
The races will start at 6.15pm.
Registration for the races will close 20 minutes before the race.
Senior Race (Category 2/3/4/Junior/Women)
This will be run over 40 minutes plus 5 laps for 2nd, 3rd and 4th category riders. There will be primes and prizes for all categories of finishers. Elite and 1st Category Ladies can also enter this race.
Entry Fee: £18 Maximum field of 60 riders so pre-entry is recommended. All riders must be BC members and have a full racing licence or take out a day licence on the day of the event.
The senior race will start at approximately 7pm. However if light conditions are poor this may be moved forwards by 10 minutes.
Registration for the race will close 20 minutes before the race.
Elite Race (inc. Category 1)
The finale of the evening will once again be a one hour race for Elite and 1st Category riders. The race will have primes and a points prize and with the increase in Sponsorship will be the richest evening of racing in the UK for Elite riders. First prize in the main event is £1000 and the total prize fund for the evening for all events will be at least £4000.
Entry Fee: £20 Maximum field of 60 riders so pre-entry is recommended. UCI licence holders can compete in this event. Individual entries and team entries to event organiser with cheques made payable to Virgin Money Cyclone.
The Elite race starts at 8pm but may be brought forward by 15 minutes to 7.45pm if light conditions are poor.
Registration for the races closes 20min before the race.
Registration for the Saturday Sportive events will be carried out in Leazes Park on the Friday – from 2pm till 8pm – as well as on the Saturday morning at the Newcastle Falcons ground – see Cyclone Challenge information page.It is hope competitors for the sportive rides will come along to the event on the Friday evening and watch the racing. Some may even be competing in both days’ activities.
All entry forms can be found on the appropriate pages of the website. The events will be run under British Cycling regulations.