National Park to Present Curlew Cup for Elite Women’s Cycle Race on Sunday
At 9.30 on Sunday, July 1, 46 elite women cyclists will set forth on a challenging new race sponsored by Northumberland National Park.
Called The Curlew Cup, it will precede the North East’s long-established Beaumont Trophy men’s elite race which sets off in the afternoon, and will be part of a strong eight-round National Women’s Road Series of races.
The Curlew Cup follows on from the success of the men’s and women’s National Championships races, which formed part of the (formerly Northern Rock) Cyclone weekend in 2011 and brought household names like Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead plus thousands of cycling fans to Northumberland.
The race will be based around the village of Stamfordham which successfully hosted the 2011 Women’s National Championships and will use the smaller lap which is 13.9mls in length. Competitors will complete four laps of this circuit making a total distance of 55.6mls (89Kms). This circuit does not include the climb of the Ryals but does have a testing drag up through Wallridge and on towards Ingoe. The race will pass through the villages of Matfen and Stamfordham four times before finishing in Stamfordham at the end of the fourth lap.
The race will start and finish in Stamfordham and there will be KOM, Points and U23 Competitions. The total prize fund is expected to be £2000.
National Park staff will be present to see the amazing ladies off at Stamfordham on Sunday morning and Tony Gates, Chief Executive of the National Park Authority will present the Trophy there at the end.
The National Park Authority is strongly supporting the development of cycling in the park by supporting challenges such as this one and community cycling routes and events like new The Wooler Wheel in October and the Bellingham Blast sportive in September.
Closing date: 1st January 1970 at 01:00am