Virgin Money Cyclone competition


The Virgin Money Cyclone is unique: a great mix of great riding and great racing to watch.

Cramming five events into four days around Newcastle and Northumberland from June 27 to 30, it makes a great weekend away on and off the bike.

We’ve teamed up with the organisers of the Virgin Money Cyclone to offer you an exclusive weekend of fantastic riding and racing along with the chance to get up close and personal with pro riders.

Paralympic champion, Sarah Storey, wins the 2012 Curlew Cup

Arrive on the Friday night (June 28) and you can relax in a great atmosphere watching Newcastle’s famous Leazes Criterium races, where some of the UK’s top riders battle it out for big prizes on a tight and exciting course.

You’ll then be put up in a hotel – the same hotel where the riders hang out – all ready for your free entry into the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides on Saturday (June 29). Here you’ll get to ride with up to 4,000 other riders on a 33, 63 or 104-mile route. Each option takes in the quiet, challenging and beautiful roads of Northumberland. The 63 and 104-mile routes both take in the famous Ryals climb.

Then it’s back to the hotel before more great racing on Sunday (June 30), when you’ll get to see the top women’s racing in the country in the morning at the Curlew Cup. First run in 2012 and won by Paralympian Sarah Storey, the Curlew Cup is one of a new breed of top flight women’s races and part of British Cycling’s elite national women’s series.

On Sunday afternoon it’s the turn of the men in the 61st edition of the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar race. Steeped in history – including a victory for Bradley Wiggins in 2011 – the race shares the Ryals climb with the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge. It’s your chance to see how the pros dance up those climbs that the rest of us find so hard. As part of this great prize, you will be able to ride in one of the team or commissaire cars during the race. You will never have been so close to the action and inner workings of an elite race!

Find out more about the event at or keep up to date on Twitter @VMCyclone and on Facebook.

To win this fantastic prize, choose from one of the three options below to answer the following question:


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