Virgin Money Cyclone set to begin
- By Jack Preston -
- Jun 27, 2012
Tomorrow sees the start of the Virgin Money Cyclone, with thousands of cyclists taking to the streets of Newcastle to participate in the four day event and raise money for charity.
The UK's largest cycling festival will start with a Thursday evening ride for families, with the Virgin Money challenge taking place Saturday. The build-up has seen Virgin throw it’s full support behind the ride, “When Virgin Money bought Northern Rock I felt it was important that we retained its links to the community," explained Richard Branson.
“Our continuing support for the UK’s biggest festival of cycling is a great example of that commitment. The event itself is fantastic as it caters for cyclists of all abilities, from professionals to families, young and old.”
This year’s Cyclone will also see the first appearance of Team Virgin Money who are riding in Saturday’s Cyclone challenge and are raising funds and awareness for the corporate charities, Age UK and YouthNet. The ten strong team of Virgin Money colleagues have been in training for the event and Team Virgin Money rider Carl Hudson said: “I have ridden in past Cyclone events but I am really looking forward to this year’s event.”
“Having Virgin Money as the official sponsor is fantastic and I believe that the Cyclone can become cycling’s equivalent of the Great North Run. As a team we have trained hard in the gym and for us it is all about raising funds for Age UK and YouthNet, which is very apt as the Cyclone is a great event for young and old participants.”
If you’d like to take part or simply learn more then visit the Virgin Money Cyclone website.