Peter Kennaugh and Mark Cavendish, British Road National Championships 2015

When: June 23 and 26 2016
Where: Stockon-on-Tees

A ‘testing but fast’ course will greet riders taking part in the 2016 British National Road Race Championships this June.

The men’s road race, the final event of the championships will this year be based around Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham.

After starting in Stockton town centre, racers will head out of town and complete 12 laps of circuit leading them through the neighbouring villages of Carlton, Thorpe Thewles and Redmarshall.

The route then heads back into Stockton for six laps around the town before finishing on the High Street.

Jonny Clay, director of sport and membership for British Cycling said: “Last year’s course in Lincoln resulted in a great race for athletes and fans but we think this year will deliver a fast and testing course incorporating a mix of punchy climbs and rolling roads.”

“I think we can expect to see some exciting racing that the national championships is now well known for.”

The relatively flat nature of the route could favour the sprinters and see a new name on the winners’ list after Peter Kennaugh’s victory last year.

The women’s race, won last year by Lizzie Armitstead, will take in six laps of the out-of-town section before finishing with three circuits of the town centre.

As well as the two road races, the weekend of cycling will also include the men’s and women’s national time trial championships.

A 7.6mile course in and around Stockton will be lapped four times by the men and three times by the women and u23 categories against the clock.

The races will take place between June 23 and 26 and will form part of the annual Stockton Cycling Festival.