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Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge

25/06/2011 - Newcastle upon Tyne - Sportive

Rating: 95.0% based on 8 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 91.4% based on 22 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 92.2%

LindyEdwards wrote:

Definitely my favourite sportive. Good variety of climbs, from the long and hard to the short, sharp and hard! Beautiful countryside and great organisation.

Rated Event: 88.9%

eamon wrote:

Well organised. Challenging route especially from Billsmoor to Wark

Rated Event: 100.0%

martin anderson wrote:

Yet again Peter and his team pulled off a fantastic sportive this year, but also put on one of the best weekends of British cycling from the Friday night Crits in the city centre to the finale on Sunday with Wiggins on the podium at Stamfordham.

Rated Event: 97.8%

mcgarr wrote:

Fantastic weekend for cycling. Not only the excellent Sportive on Saturday but watching the professionals on the Friday at Leazes Park and then again on Sunday at Stanfordham. The Cyclone weekend is very well organised and friendly beyond compare.

Rated Event: 98.9%


A fantastic event that I always look forward to riding. Highly-professional organisation, great support and a beautiful route. The only recommendation for improvement that I can think of would be if they introduced timing chips that you attach to the bike rather than ones on a lanyard. Already looking forward to 2012!

Rated Event: 95.6%

brianthesnail wrote:

One of the best run mass participation sportive events in the country. Perhaps though, now too many riders at the the start and early part of the course. Not helped by riders for the shorter rides starting before their allotted time. Organisers seriously need to look at the time set for the Gold standard. 5 hours 40 minutes is way too hard a target to set. I managed last year but not this year, not helped by the fact that indicated mileage on GPS was 107.4 and not 104 miles. The fact that only 8 riders out of 1260 made the standard speaks volumes. And, only other real criticism would be to the lack of shower facilities at the end. I had access to showers last year but not this year.

Rated Event: 86.7%


I didn't like the fact you had to stop at every feed station and swipe your timing card!!

Rated Event: 100.0%


In my opinion this is the UK's premier cyclosportive. Event staff are professional, organization of the event is second to none and the routes are beautiful and challenging. This really sets the standard for other events and organizers in the UK.

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 81.0%


Rated Event: 94.4%

jonathanbennett wrote:

Rated Event: 92.1%


great organisation exellent route would recomend this event to anyone.great value for money

Rated Event: 87.7%

17brigham wrote:

Parking good, but I arrived early. Feed stations well spaced but could have had a bit more variety than bananas and orange energy bars. Route was excellent with good opportunities to hook on to groups for extra speed

Rated Event: 89.9%


Rated Event: 86.6%


good event beautiful countryside and v friendy staff, bit odd havin feed station on a decent but hey ho!!. will b back next year

Rated Event: 94.4%

norrie wrote:

Rated Event: 72.2%


Overall I liked the Cyclone. I did the 63 mile route. The parking was a bit nightmarish, so I went to the park and ride one and a half miles away and used the distance as a warm up and warm down. I believe many who parked on the verges got parking tickets despite an email warning them to be careful where to park.

The first 2 miles was on a busy road section which I didn't like, after that it was Northumberland countryside almost all the way. First feeding station was packed with riders, I was dismayed to find no bananas, so eat a geobar which I didn't like as nuts and oats stick to my dry throat easily. The energy drink was good.

The route was good and fairly hard, however the Ryals were a bit overrated and even I managed to climb it (with a bit of a struggle).

Second feed station was again packed and everything was in available. Overall there wasn't that much choice in the feedstation compared to other sportives, but I tend to bring most of my own sweets and energy drinks.

The finishing goodies were decent and will be used: a bag, t-shirt and a bottle.

Cyclists discipline was bad in many places (to be expected on a popular ride) and the rules of the road were ridiculously flouted. Many riders seemed to think the roads were closed and many car drivers seemed to get a bit frustrated.

I'll be there next year doing the longer route.

Rated Event: 91.0%


This was my first Cyclone (and only my second sportive, after riding the Dragon Ride the previous weekend). I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found the organization of Peter Harrison and his team to be excellent throughout. The 104 mile route traversed varied and beautiful scenery (wish I had more time to enjoy it), and included a good mix of climbs that were testing without being gratuitous. The ride had just about as many participants as the Dragon Ride, but the atmosphere felt rather different. The Cyclone seems to sample from a broader spectrum of the riding community, and has a more fun-and-friendly feel. Car parking at Kingston Park was no problem at all (I arrived just before 7am, and was among the first to arrive), and most ride services at the start/finish were very good. Big exception: woefully inadequate toilet facilities for an event of this size. Big pluses: showers in players' changing rooms; £5 massages to relieve tired muscles. Route-marking was excellent throughout, and there were almost no traffic lights or dodgy street crossings. The wrist-band timing system was a bit annoying - if you registered the previous evening then you had to sleep with it on, and at every feed stop you had to have somebody insert the timing device into a little box. The instant results at the end was a nice feature. Most feedstops had good supplies of basics, though the first stop at 24 miles was oddly positioned half-way down a sweeping descent. Towards the end riders from the long ride were rejoining those from the shorter rides, and everybody seemed to be having a good day out. An excellent event, and a good choice for a newcomer.

Rated Event: 82.1%


Other than the above exceptions, I really enjoyed taking part in this, my first ever sportive. It was without doubt the most physically challenging thing I've ever done (I did the 63 mike event), but with lots more training I'm hoping to do next years 100 mile event.

Rated Event: 98.8%


Rated Event: 99.9%


Peter Harrison and his team are to be commended for the flawless organization of this superb event. Everything about this was spot-on.

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