England test cricketer and cycling enthusiast, Matt Prior, will bring his newly formed professional team to the North East as part of this year's Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling, June 19 – 21.
ONE Pro Cycling is set to compete in the historic Beaumont Trophy, an internationally ranked men’s competition and part of the Virgin Money Cyclone festival weekend, which takes place across Newcastle and Northumberland. Recognised by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), cycling’s world governing body, the summer race will be one of the independent team’s first appearances in the North East following its launch on the UK and European stage.
Yanto Barker, winner of the Elite Road Race Series in 2014, will potentially step up to join the team’s 6-strong Beaumont Trophy squad. ONE Pro Cycling teammate Pete Williams is another likely starter, having worn the Sprints Jersey in the 2012 and 2013 Tour of Britain.
Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling Founder and Organiser, Peter Harrison, commented on the team’s plans to compete: “ONE Pro Cycling promises to be a really interesting team to watch develop and compete. It’s wonderful that the Beaumont Trophy and Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling will be part of their early team history.
“Matt Prior is doing things differently with ONE Pro Cycling, avoiding a headline sponsor and allowing the public to be part of the team from the outset. The Virgin Money Cyclone festival is very much about being inclusive and opening up the sport to people of all ages and abilities, so it’s especially fitting that the team will compete here.
ONE Pro Cycling Race Team Manager, Becky Frewing, said: "We are delighted to be taking part in the Virgin Money Cyclone within our first year. The Beaumont Trophy is one of the highlights of the UK race calendar and we will certainly be looking to put out a strong team. The festival offers something for everyone and we hope those taking part in the Saturday Challenge rides will be at the race on Sunday to give us a cheer."
Centred on the village of Stamfordham, the Beaumont Trophy takes in 117 miles of Northumberland country road with the gruelling climb of the Ryals often dividing the race. Each year, UK national teams are joined by international competitors, regional teams and club riders from as far as [country] for the event.
Aspiring cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join a Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge ride to mark the path of the touring professionals. Held a day ahead of the Beaumont Trophy, the non-competitive Challenge rides trace much of the route of the elite cyclists in accessible 34, 64 and 106 mile events.
The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling returns to Newcastle and Northumberland June 19 – 21. For full event information and to register yourself or a team, visit www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk