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Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge 2010

by Adam Tranter

Entries for the 2010 edition of the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge opened on Sunday 1 November.

The sportive takes place on 12th June 2010 and forms part of the Northern Rock Cyclone weekend of riding and racing.

You can choose from three distances, 33, 63 and 104 miles, and the two longer options get tweaked routes from last year.

The Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge is part of the UCI Golden Wheel series. Starting from the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club at Kingston Park, Newcastle, it makes the most of Northumberland's beautiful countryside and quiet roads

Entry costs just £20 for adults. This includes well-stocked feed stations, electronic timing and free bike checks at Cyclelogical, Newcastle and a personalised certificate for every rider. Photos of every rider are also available within 48 hours of the end of the ride.

An added attraction of the North Rock Cyclone Challenge rides is that they take in part of the route used by the Beaumont Trophy road race the following day on Sunday 13 June. This top-level domestic race is part of the Premier Calendar series and attracts some of the fastest riders in the country. In 2009 it was won by Tour de France and Olympic star Bradley Wiggins.

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