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Over 3,500 People Enjoy a Weekend on Two Wheels at the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling

by Nick Gregory

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The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling drew to a close yesterday (June 21) with a day of action packed elite racing that saw some of the world's best riders descend on the picturesque Northumberland village of Stamfordham.

Taking the trophy in the National Women's Road Race, the Curlew Cup, was team IKON-Mazda cyclist, Laura Massey.  Elizabeth Holden of team Giordana-Triton took second position with Eleanor Dickinson also of team Giordana-Triton, celebrating third place. 

In the UCI Beaumont Trophy, it was Christopher Latham of the Great Britain National Team that powered to victory. Putting in a strong fight and taking second position was Tom Stewart of Madison Genesis. Third place went to Yanto Barker of One Pro Cycling.

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The elite races rounded up three days of action packed cycling in what is the ninth year of the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling. 

On Saturday June 20, over 2,300 cycling enthusiasts got into the saddle testing their stamina in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides. Weather conditions were variable, but nothing could dampen the spirits of riders as they embraced the 34, 64 and 106 mile routes, many in aid of charity.  All routes took in the beautiful Northumberland countryside, including the infamous Ryals.

On Friday June 19, families, friends and solo riders gathered to mark the official launch of the Virgin Money Cyclone 2015 with the festival's opening event, the Tyne Six Bridges.

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Rounding off another fantastic year for all of the events, Festival Founder and Event Organiser, Peter Harrison, said: "Today saw good hard races in the professional men's and women's events.  It's been a really successful weekend with over 3,700 riders participating.  I wish I could control the weather and take the showers away but it's been fantastic none the less."

Virgin Money Head of Sponsorship, Andrew Nicholson, added: "The response to this year's event has been overwhelming, it's wonderful to see so many riders participate, fulfil a personal ambition and raise funds for a variety of deserving causes."

For more information about the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk.





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