British Cycling chose the North East town over a rival bid from the Isle of Man to host the national championship races

Stockton-on-Tees will host the 2016 British National Road Championships, British Cycling announced on Wednesday, after the town in County Durham was chosen ahead of the Isle of Man to host the champonships.

BC also confirmed the dates for the events, with the men and women’s time trials to take place on Thursday, June 23 and the respective road races to take place on the following Sunday, 26 June.

“Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has an excellent record in staging large-scale events and they put together a very strong bid,” said BC director of cycle sport Jonny Clay, ““I look forward to seeing their contribution to an event which is established as a landmark on the British sporting calendar.

“Following an initial tender, British Cycling invited Stockton and the Isle of Man to present their final stage bids. It was hard to choose between them but to have two such strong bids in the final stage of selection demonstrates the attractiveness of the British Cycling National Road Race Championships to towns and cities across the country.”

The 2015 championships take place in Lincoln in June, with former road champion Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick-Step) set to compete in the road race, while defending time trial champion Bradley Wiggins is also likely to return after switiching to the domestic scene with his eponymous team.