Sunderland cycling star Anna Turvey will join a host of local, national and international athletes when she takes to the starting line at one of the UK’s top cycling events, the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling, this month.
Anna, a former champion triathlete who represented Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will contest Women’s National Series road race, the Curlew Cup, on Sunday, June 21, riding for Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International.
It will be the first time the Wearsider has tried her hand at the three-day event in Newcastle and Northumberland.
Turvey said: “It’s my first time at the Virgin Money Cyclone and the Curlew Cup will be one of my first competitive road races, so I’m looking forward to some strong competition.
“In the year of the second Women’s Tour of Britain, it’s great to be able to fly the flag for women in cycling, especially on home soil.”
Heading up the internationally recognised men’s event, the Beaumont Trophy, on the same day are national and international teams including Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Team Wiggins and One Pro Cycling, the new team backed by Test cricketer Matt Prior.
There are only a few days left for cyclists to enter the non-competitive Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides, taking place next Saturday, June 20.
The rides depart Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park and trace the path of professional cyclists through scenic Northumberland in 34, 64 and 106-mile routes for all ages and abilities.
For more information on the event, go to www.virginmoneycyclone.co.uk