The Beaumont Trophy is a cycle road race first run in 1952. The Trophy was presented to the Gosforth Road Club by Rex Beaumont who was a local cycle wholesaler on Tyneside. The Gosforth Road Club had been created in July 1951 as an offshoot of the Ridley Cycling Club as a result of young riders being unable to gain entry into local races. The race was run under BLRC Regulations from 1952 until 1959 when it came under the regulations of the newly formed British Cycling Federation. It was run continuously from 1952 to 2019, as the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. This 67 year streak made it the longest-running road race in the UK. In the early 1950s the race started and finished in Gosforth Park where the clubhouse was situated. In the early '60s, the start/finish moved to Ponteland because of an increase in traffic. Race distances were normally 85–90 miles and the route was out and back finishing at Cottage Homes, Ponteland.

Beaumont Trophy
Race details
RegionNorthumberland, England
Local name(s)Cyclone Festival of Cycling
CompetitionBritish National Road Race Series
TypeSingle day race
First edition1952 (1952)
Editions69 (as of 2021)
First winner Stan Blair (GBR)
Most wins Ray Wetherell (GBR) (5 wins)
Most recent Finn Crockett (GBR)

In the early 1980s the start/finish moved to the west of Newcastle but this did not last long. In the mid-'80s the race moved to Stamfordham where it has remained ever since. When it became a Premier Calendar event followed by it becoming a UCI 1.2 and then part of the National Road race series the distance increased to over 100 miles and started to use a circuit that normally incorporated the Ryals. The race became part of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling in 2007 as a British Cycling Premier Calendar Race. In 2011 it was the Men's British National Championships won by Bradley Wiggins; the Festival also ran the Women's National Road Race Championships won by Lizzie Armistead. The Beaumont Trophy was again the Men's National Road Race Championships in 2018 and was won by Connor Swift. Over the period of time the race has been held, it has used a number of different routes. It has used a variation of routes around Stamfordham for the past 20 years.

The race has been organised by the current organiser since 1984. It is part of the current British National Road Race Series and was a UCI 1.2 Race for 3 years.

Past winners edit


Year Country Rider Team
1952   Great Britain Stan Blair Viking Cycles[2]
1953   Great Britain Don Sanderson Northern Couriers
1954   Great Britain Des Robinson Huddersfield RC
1955   Great Britain Don Sanderson Northern Couriers
1958   Great Britain Bill Baty Tyne Velo
1962   Great Britain Derek Hepple Tyne Valley RC
1963   Great Britain Ron Gardener Tranent Thistle CC
1964   Great Britain John Dixon Barnesbury CC
1965   Great Britain Norman Baty Tyne Velo
1966   Great Britain Ray Wetherell Newcastle Cheviot
1967   Great Britain Ray Wetherell Newcastle Cheviot
1968   Great Britain Ray Wetherell Newcastle Cheviot
1969   Great Britain Paul Blackett VC Electric
1970   Great Britain Eddie McGourley Houghton CC
1971   Great Britain Ray Wetherell Newcastle Cheviot
1972   Great Britain Ray Wetherell Newcastle Cheviot
1973   Great Britain Joseph Waugh Tyne RC
1975   Great Britain Robin Childes Cleveland Couriers
1976   Great Britain Alan Topp Cleveland Couriers
1982   Great Britain Richard Healy Ryton Cheviot CC
1983   Great Britain Arthur Caygill Richmond & Darlington CC
1990   Great Britain Robert Harris Leeds RRC
1991   Great Britain Andy Matheson Musselburgh RRC
1993   Great Britain Richard Moore Hull Couriers
1994   Great Britain Paul Curran Optimum Performance
1995   Great Britain Mark Walsham Optimum Performance
1997   Great Britain Paul Blackett Jr. North East RT
1998   Great Britain Elliot Gowland Sunderland Clarion
1999   Great Britain Ian Childes Middridge CRT
2000   Great Britain Billy Mitchinson STG Racing
2001   Great Britain Glen Turnbull VC Briganti
2002   Great Britain Richard Sutcliffe York Cycleworks
2003   Great Britain Graham McGarrity Scotoil RT
2004   Great Britain Mark Wordsworth Doncaster Wheelers
2005   Great Britain Malcolm Elliott Pinarello–Assos
2006   Great Britain Evan Oliphant[3]
2007   Great Britain Russell Downing Health Net–Maxxis[4]
2008   Great Britain Rob Hayles Team Halfords Bikehut[5]
2009   Great Britain Bradley Wiggins Garmin–Slipstream[6]
2010   Great Britain Chris Newton Rapha Condor–Sharp
2011   Great Britain Bradley Wiggins Team Sky[7]
2012   Great Britain Russell Downing Endura Racing
2013   Great Britain Dean Downing Madison Genesis[8]
2014   Great Britain Kristian House Rapha Condor–JLT[9]
2015   Great Britain Christopher Latham Great Britain (national team)[10]
2016   New Zealand Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling
2017   Great Britain Peter Williams ONE Pro Cycling
2018   Great Britain Connor Swift Madison Genesis

2020 No race due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom
2021[11]   Great Britain Jacob Scott Canyon dhb SunGod
2022[12]   Great Britain Jack Rootkin-Gray Saint Piran
2023   Great Britain Finn Crockett Saint Piran

References edit

  1. ^ "British Classics: Beaumont Trophy 60 years and counting". VeloUK. LH Publishing. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Beaumont Trophy Event Information". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ "2006 results". Cycling TV. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Beaumont Trophy 2007". Gosforth Road Club. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Beaumont Trophy 2008". Gosforth Road Club. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Beaumont Trophy 2009". Gosforth Road Club. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Cyclone's Beaumont Trophy". Cycling World. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Andrew. "Road: Dean Downing clinches Beaumont Trophy win". British Cycling. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 Beaumont Trophy". Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Chris Latham wins Beaumont Trophy". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Jacob Scott and Canyon dhb SunGod take honours at HSBC UK | National Road Series". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. 28 September 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  12. ^ "RR Result: Beaumont Trophy/Curlew Cup |".

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