Newcastle’s Leazes Criteriums, which take place on Friday 29 June as part of the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend, are set to be the best ever thanks to a fantastic field of riders.
Entries for the eilte race at the event, which takes place in Newcastle’s central Leazes Park, have been pouring in, with riders from top UK domestic teams including 100%ME, Endura Racing, NODE 4 Giordana Racing, Rapha Condor Sharp, Team IG Sigma Sport and Team Raleigh-GAC*.
Ian Wilkinson made two wins in two years for Endura Racing after Jack Bauer won in 2010
Organiser Peter Harrison said: “It’s been great criterium racing season so far, and I’m really pleased that’s continuing on to the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend. It is definitely the best field we’ve ever had, and I cannot wait to see so many top class racers tackle the tight and twisty Leazes Criterium course.”
The Leazes Criteriums are a popular part of the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend. Riders in the following day’s Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides can sign on for their ride there while relaxing in the park watching some great racing.
For the first time this year the Leazes Criteriums are not the Cyclone weekend’s opening event thanks to the new Tyne 6 Bridges leisure rides, which are taking place on the evening of Thursday 28 June.
On Saturday 30 June, up to 4,000 riders will take on the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenges – one of the UK’s biggest mass participation bike rides. On Sunday 1 July it is the turn of the professionals, with the Curlew Cup women’s race in the morning and the Beaumont Trophy men’s race in the afternoon.
For more information and to sign up for the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend, visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk. You can follow @VMCyclone on Twitter and like the Virgin Money Cyclone page on Facebook.
Rider Reaction to the Leazes Criterium races:
Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) – PRIZE LIST
James McCallum (Rapha Condor Sharp) Crits are my thing and I love riding them. However the Leazes crit is real tough due to the course and the competitive nature of the races.
Jon Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) The tight circuit keeps you on your toes and the atmosphere in the park is good
Ian Wilkinson (Endura Racing) The great atmosphere so close to town in a lovely park setting
Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) The big first prize and the atmosphere!
Rob Partidge (Endura Racing) The crowd and atmosphere.
James Moss (Node 4 – Giordana) The crowds are always good, especially knowing a lot of people up there. The long, fast sweeping corner into the final bend is also one of the best out there if you get a clear run at it and stay off the brakes!
George Atkins 100%ME Elite
Grant Ferguson 100%ME Elite
Joe Kelly 100%ME Elite
Owain Doull 100%ME Elite
Tom Moses 100%ME Elite
Alistair Slater 100%ME Elite
Simon Yates 100%ME Elite
Sam Harrison 100%ME Elite
Richard Hepworth Cyclepremier kovert Elite
Scott Thwaites Endura Racing Elite
Robert Partridge Endura Racing Elite
Jon Tiernan-Locke Endura Racing Elite
Ian Wilkinson Endura Racing Elite
Jonathan McEvoy Endura Racing Elite
Russell Downing Endura Racing Elite
Ian Bibby Endura Racing Elite
Paul Voss Endura Racing Elite
Ian Field Hargroves Cycles Senior 1st Category
Matt Cronshaw NODE4 Giordana Racing Elite
Matt Higgins NODE4 Giordana Racing Elite
Rico Rogers NODE4 Giordana Racing Elite
James Moss NODE4 Giordana Racing Elite
David Clarke NODE4 Giordana Racing Elite
Luke Grivell Mellor Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Felix English Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
James McCallum Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Richard Handley Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Dean Downing Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Richard Lang Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Ben Grenda Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Oliver Rossi Rapha Condor Sharp Elite
Chris Sherriffs team Bglobal Senior 1st Category
Thomas Last Team IG Sigma Sport Elite
Dan Craven Team IG Sigma Sport Elite
Peter Hawkins Team IG Sigma Sport Elite
Daniel Lloyd Team IG Sigma Sport Elite
Simon Richardson Team IG Sigma Sport Elite
Graham Briggs Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Liam Holohan Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Simon Holt Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Daniel Holloway Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Evan Oliphant Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Tobyn Horton Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Jeroen Janssen Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Bernard Sulzberger Team Raleigh-GAC Elite
Harry Tanfield Team Wallis Junior 1st Category
Greg Mansell Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Senior 2nd Category
James Lowsley Williams Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Senior 2nd Category
Gruffud Lewis Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Senior 1st Category
Niklas Gustavsson Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Elite
Magnus Backstedt Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Elite
Yanto Barker Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Elite
James Stewart Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Elite
Chris Opie Team Youth UK Pro Cycling Elite
Jack Kirk UVCA Troyes Senior 1st Category
Jack Adams Zappisprocycling Senior 1st Category