Organisers of the 2011 Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge cyclo-sportive have upped the number of available places to 5,000 after intense demand.
Since entries to the event (held on Saturday June 25 2011) opened on the first day of November, over 500 have already signed up, double the amount at this stage last year. In total, 3,500 riders signed up for the 2010 event.
The popularity of the 2011 event has been helped by the British road race championships, which will be held on some of the same roads the day after the sportive (Sunday, June 26).
Organiser Peter Harrison commented: "Every year the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge gets bigger and better and we're thrilled by reaction to the 2011 event so far. With the national championships forming part of the same weekend it's set to be better than ever."
Three sportive routes are offered: 33, 63 and 104 miles. Gold, silver and bronze target times are set for each ride.
The Northern Rock Cyclone weekend kicks off on Friday, June 24, with the Leazes Criterium.
Online entry and further details can be found at the Northern Rock Cyclone website.
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