Road races to take place on iconic Isle of Man TT circuit
The 2017 British Road National Championships will take place on the Isle of Man, with the road race course taking inspiration for the route came from the iconic 37.7mile iconic Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain course and includes the highly regarded Snaefell mountain road climb.
The men’s route will take on 193.7km with two laps of the main circuit before entering into the finish circuit of 7.2km where they will lap it 10 times. The ride will take place after the women’s event on the June 25.
The women’s race will take the same route on the June 25 but only do the course once before doing six laps of the finishing circuit.
The time trial titles will be decided on Thursday, June 22 before the road race events and will see defending champ, Alex Dowsett, and co riding a 22.2km circuit twice with Hayley Simmonds and her female TT challengers doing the course just once. The under 23 men will also take on the route just once.
This year’s event will be sponsored by HSBC UK as part of the bank’s deal with British Cycling.
“I know there’s a huge amount of enthusiasm for hosting the national championships on the Isle of Man,” he said. “The championships coming to the Isle of Man will be great for all involved, and it will be fantastic to see some of the country’s best cyclists competing over these courses next month.”
“We are thrilled to be returning to the Isle of Man for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar,” said BC’s director of cycling, Jonny Clay.
“The island is steeped in cycling heritage, passion and tradition, making it the ideal venue for such a prestigious event.
“In addition to its unrivalled cycling history,” Clay continued, “the Isle of Man enjoyed a hugely successful return to hosting elite cycle racing in 2016 with the Manx International Grand Prix, so we have great confidence that this year’s HSBC UK National Road Championships will be a tremendous occasion and help to underpin elite road racing on the island and raise its profile nationwide.”
Adam Blythe and Hannah Barnes are the current senior British road race champions, with Alex Dowsett and Hayley Simmonds the British champions in the time trial disciplines.
HSBC UK British Road National Championships
Thursday, June 22 – Isle of Man, time trials
Sunday, June 25 – Isle of Man, road races