The Virgin Money Cyclone winners
- By Jack Preston -
- Jul 04, 2012
The recent Virgin Money Cyclone proved to be the perfect London 2012 warm up, with some of the elite riders hoping to get their hands on gold this summer using the event to further their training.
As we reported yesterday, the UK’s biggest cycling festival went down a storm – much like the weather, with riders of all age and ability taking to the road. On Saturday more than 3,000 riders from pros to club cyclists to young families took to the road for the 33, 63 and gruelling 104 mile Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides around Northumberland’s beautiful countryside.
However the focus for many was on the elite fields, with the women’s elite race, the Curlew Cup, and the men’s elite race, the Beaumont Trophy, both taking place on Sunday.
The 60th Beaumont Trophy race saw Endura Racing rider Russell Downing take first place, with the rider buoyed by the success of British cycling in the aftermath of his win: "We’re having a great season... I think British cycling has become a lot more professional – the teams really know what they’re doing.”
Over at the Curlew Cup, Escntual For VioRed rider Sarah Storey sprinted to victory over Catherine Williamson of Bizhub FCF, with the Team GB rider claiming the win gave her “great confidence” ahead of her appearance at the Paralympic Games.
If you'd like to know more about the event, visit the Virgin Money Cyclone website.