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Cycling - 30. October 2010.

Cycling-Cyclone Challenge entries open

Entries for the 2011 Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge - the biggest event
of its type in the UK - will open on Sunday (31 October) at
www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk <http://www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk/> .

Cycling-Cyclone Challenge entries open

It takes place on Saturday 25 June 2011 as part of the Northern Rock
Cyclone weekend of riding and racing. For the first time ever, it is
being held alongside the Men's and Women's National Elite Road Race
Championships on Sunday 26 June. The weekend kicks off with the Leazes
Criterium races in Newcastle's Leazes Park on the evening of Friday 24

The Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge features three levels of ride - 33,
63 and 104 miles - and is part of the UCI Golden Wheel series. The
longer two rides sharing parts of the course, such as the infamous Ryals
climb, with the National Elite Road Race Championships.

Northern Rock Cyclone organiser Peter Harrison said: "The whole Northern
Rock Cyclone weekend is getting bigger and better by the year. We have
exciting plans for 2011 so encourage riders to sign up early and plan to
make the most of the whole weekend."

The Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge takes in beautiful Northumberland
countryside and quiet roads. It features well-stocked feed stations,
electronic timing, free bike checks at Newcastle's Cyclelogical bike
shop and a personalised certificate for every rider. To make sure
everyone completes the course safely technical backup is provided by
Madison, National Escort Group (NEG) motorcycle outriders accompany
participants and the route is marked out by Northumberland County
Council. Photos of every rider are also available within 48 hours of the
end of the ride.

British Cycling's National Elite Road Race Championships are the biggest
single day of racing on the British Calendar. With national
championships taking place across Europe on the same day the race
attracts the very best of British riders from the international peloton
with last year's field including Emma Pooley, Nicole Cooke, Geraint
Thomas and Mark Cavendish.

On Friday 24 June the weekend will begin with the Leazes Criterium races
in Newcastle's Leazes Park. The highlight of this is the elite race,
which attracts top British and international riders. Registration for
the Saturday's Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge will be open at Leazes
Park on the Friday from 1pm to 9pm.
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