The Cyclone Festival of Cycling gets going in June with some great events, which this year, Better Leisure Centres in Newcastle are pleased to be supporting.  Staff from our six centres will be on hand to help with registrations and participants and spectators can visit the Better stand throughout the event for health and fitness advice and more information on what the centres have to offer.

The first event will take place on the evening of Friday 16th June when the Tyne 6 Bridges Family/Leisure Ride takes place on traffic-free routes alongside the Tyne, beginning in central Newcastle. Two short route options make for an evening of gentle, fun cycling through one of Europe's most iconic riverside locations. Ideal for families, leisure cyclists and cycling newcomers.

You can find out more on the event Facebook page or to register visit the Cyclone website.

The weekend continues with the Cyclone Challenge on Saturday 17th June.   Thousands of riders will take on the four routes (34, 64, 90 & 106 miles) of the Cyclone Challenge through Northumberland's impressive landscapes. Meticulously planned and signposted, these rides have extensive first aid and mechanical support as well as a number of well-stocked feeds. Many of the villages on the routes also ply riders with home-made cakes and teas!

To register for the Cyclone Challenge Event online, click here

Joanne Walters Facility Supervisor at Better, Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym has been working with organisers to make sure registration on the day goes smoothly.  She said "It's a great opportunity for Better to be involved in this event and a perfect fit with us as a social enterprise who strive to get everyone in the community fit and active.  We're really looking forward to meeting people over the weekend and helping to make this event as successful as previous years."

Peter Harrison, organiser of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling said: "Now in it's 11th year, the Cyclone Festival is one of the UK's premier cycling events and should be on the bucket list of any keen cyclist. With its wide range of events, from fun family rides through to 100 mile epics, it encourages people of all ages and abilities to get out on their bikes, get fitter and enjoy the countryside."

On Sunday 18th June the final event will be the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy, including women's national and men's international road races.  This event is for elite road cyclists, including national and international stars of the sport. Confirmed teams include:

  • One Pro Cycling Team - click here to read more
  • The Wiggins Team - click here to read more
  • Raleigh GAC Team - click here to read more
  • Madison Genesis Team - click here to read more

For more information about the Cyclone Festival of Cycling click here.