Newcastle is gearing up for a weekend of cycling that will put the area on the cycling map. The Northern Rock Cyclone kicks off on Friday June 15 with the Leazes criteriums. Taking its name from the park in which it?s run, the evening of races kicks off with youth events and culminates with the Elite race; over £8,000 of prizes will be awarded.

Saturday June 16 offers some rest bite for the Elite races as the general public take to the roads of Northumberland. Three sportives cater for over 900 riders tackling the 31 mile, 62 mile and 100 mile routes, and even here, prizes are on offer.

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