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The National Championships are just around the corner and the start lists are in? Who?s riding? And who?s your favourite?

Look out for cyclingweekly.co.uk?s in-depth preview of the National Championships next week. In the meantime, peruse the names of the riders dreaming of wearing the famous white jersey with blue and red bands.

Take a look at the recent champions in the men's, women's and under-23 events

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Sunday, June 29

203km, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Elite and under-23 title races

Starts: 10am

Finishes: 3.15pm approx

Race description Five laps of an 18.2-kilometre circuit based on Slingsby and Terrington followed by four laps of a 21.1-kilometre circuit based on Stonegrave and Hovingham before the finish in Duncombe Park.

David Millar of Slipstream returns to defend the title he won in south Wales last August, when the championships were hastily re-arranged after the original races were cancelled because of flooding in the Beverley area.

Millar will wear number one but there is a strong contingent of riders returning from abroad to contest the race. Last year?s runner-up Daniel Lloyd and his An Post team-mate Daniel Fleeman will be there, as will twice former champion Jeremy Hunt (Crédit Agricole), who won in 1997 and 2001.

Mark Cavendish and Roger Hammond, himself twice a former winner (2003 and 2004) ride for the High Road team, in what is set to be their last outing in the white High Road jersey before the team becomes Team Columbia at the Tour de France.

Another former champion is 2006 winner Hamish Haynes, who will wear number 92.

Riders numbered from 96 onwards are also eligible for the under-23 championship. The first under-23 rider across the line will take the crown. Team 100% ME return from their academy base in Italy with a strong line-up led by Ben Swift and Jonny Bellis.

Ian Stannard of Landbouwkrediet is one of the under-23 riders who will fancy his chances.

The domestic challenge is particularly strong. Rapha-Condor-Recycling field a total of 12 riders, Pinarello have seven, including Russell Downing who won the last time the championships were held at Duncombe Park in 2005.

Some of the foreign contingent will not be returning to compete. Charly Wegelius is taking a break after completing the Giro d?Italia and Dauphiné Libéré. Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings who have a bronze and silver medal between them in the past, will be on a track training camp, as will Bradley Wiggins.


Letters and numbers (E, 1, 2) refer to rider?s category (elite, first or second). U23 means eligible for under-23 title. Main contenders in bold

1. David Millar (Slipstream) E

2. Christopher Mark (Adept Engineering RT) 2

3. David Cook (Altura-Panaracer-Camelback) 2

4. Daniel Fleeman (An Post-Sean Kelly) E
5. Daniel Lloyd (An Post-Sean Kelly) E

6. James Dobbin (Arctic Premier RT-Arctic Building Services-Premier) 1

7. Jon-Kris Mason (Arctic Premier RT-Arctic Building Services-Premier) 2

8. Stephen Nunn (Arctic Premier RT-Arctic Building Services-Premier) 2

9. Simon Wilson (Arctic Premier RT-Arctic Building Services-Premier) 1

10. Marcus Smith (Cleveland Wheelers) 1

11. David Shackleton (Cottingham Coureurs) 2

12. Jeremy Hunt (Crédit Agricole) E

13. Paul Bell (Doncaster Wheelers) 1

14. Jonathan Rosenbrier (Espoir Cycliste St Etienne Loire) E

15. Neil Jones (Gateway RT) 1

16. Alex Coutts (Giant Asia RT) E

17. Wayne Webster (Go Sportsspex RT) 1

18. Andy Lyons (Heron Cycle Sport) E

19. Mark McKay (Heron Cycle Sport) 2

20. Ben Pochee (Heron Cycle Sport) 1

21. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) 1

22. Rick King (Inkland MTS) 1

23. Alistair Robinson (Keswickbikes.co.uk) 2

24. Matt Clinton (KFS Special Vehicles-Sunday Bicycles) 1

25. Gareth Hewitt (KFS Special Vehicles-Sunday Bicycles) 1

26. James Stewart (KFS Special Vehicles-Sunday Bicycles) 1

27. Richard Sykes-Popham (KFS Special Vehicles-Sunday Bicycles) 1

28. Kit Gilham (Kinesis UK) 1

29. Adam Illingworth (Lyon Vaulx-en-Velin) E

30. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Mid Devon CC) 1

31. Martin Bryant (PCA Ciclos Uno) 2

32. James Whatling (PC Ciclos Uno) 1

33. Kieran Page (Pezula Racing) E

34. Lee Davis (Pinarello RT) E

35. Russell Downing (Pinarello RT) E
36. Malcolm Elliott (Pinarello RT) E

37. Matthew Kipling (Pinarello RT) E

38. Tom Murray (Pinarello RT) E

39. Mark Lovatt (Planet X) 1

40. Tom Barras (Plowman Craven) E

41. Neil Coleman (Plowman Craven) E

42. Simon Gaywood (Plowman Craven) E

43. Alex Higham (Plowman Craven) E

44. James McCallum (Plowman Craven) E

45. James Millard (Plowman Craven) E

46. Evan Oliphant (Plowman Craven) 1

47. Simon Richardson (Plowman Craven) E

48. Martin Ford (private member) 1

49. Ryan Bonser (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

50. Graham Briggs (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

51. Dean Downing (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

52. Ben Greenwood (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

53. Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

54. Chris Newton (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E Withdrawn

55. Rob Partridge (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E

56. Dave Collins (Science in Sport-Trek) E

57. Richard Kent (Science in Sport-Trek 1

58. Ian Wilkinson (Science in Sport-Trek) E

59. Richard Wilkinson (Science in Sport-Trek) E

60. Andrew Bye (Sigmasport-Specialized) E

61. Daniel Duguid (Sigmasport-Specialized) 1

62. Mike Harrison (Sigmasport-Specialized) 1

63. Robin Sharman (Sigmasport-Specialized) E
64. Matthew Stephens (Sigmasport-Specialized) E

65. Neil Swithenbank (Sigmasport-Specialized) E

66. James Williamson (Sigmasport-Specialized) 1

67. Grant Bayton (Sports Beans-Wilier) E

68. Marcin Bialoblocki (Sports Beans-Wilier) E

69. Dave Coulson (Sports Beans-Wilier) E

70. Ashley Brown (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 1

71. Kevin Dawson (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 1

72. Dieter Droger (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 1

73. Gav Evans (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 1

74. Nigel Haigh (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 2

75. Bradley Johnston (Sportscover-Spuik-J&J James) 2

76. David McLean (Sprinter Club de Nice) 1

77. Stephen Ward (Star Bikes RT) 1

78. Steven Lampier (Team Bouwkantoor Lippens) 1

79. Richard Cartland (Team Corley Cycles) E

80. Roy Chamberlain (Team Corley Cycles) E

81. Matthew Higgins (Team Corley Cycles) E

82. Tom Kirk (Team Corley Cycles) 1

83. Mark Wordsworth (Team Corley Cycles) E

84. Rob Hayles (Halfords Bikehut) E
85. Tom Southam (Halfords Bikehut) E
86. Mark Cavendish (Team High Road) E
87. Roger Hammond (Team High Road) E

88. Graeme Hatcher (Team Isle of Man) 2

89. David Clarke (Team Lacuna) E

90. Daniel Smith (Team Lacuna) 1

91. Richard Williamson (Team Lacuna) 2

92. Hamish Haynes (Team Yawadoo-ABM) E

93. David Smith (VC Lyon Vaulx-en-Velin) E

94. Alastair Kay (York Cycleworks) E

95. James Sharp (York Cycleworks) 2

96. Jonny Bellis (Team 100% ME) E U23

97. Steven Burke (Team 100% ME) E U23

98. Alex Dowsett (Team 100% ME) E U23

99. Russell Hampton (Team 100% ME) E U23

100. Peter Kennaugh (Team 100% ME) E U23

101. Jonathan McEvoy (Team 100% ME) E U23

102. Ben Swift (Team 100% ME) E U23

103. Andrew Tennant (Team 100% ME) E U23

105. Edward Griffin (Ajchva Limoux) 1 U23

106. Oliver Graham (Arctic Premier-Arctic Building Services) 2 U23

107. Owain Lovell (Ashfield RC) 1 U23

108. Callum Wilkinson (Bicycleworks.com) 2 U23

109. James Spragg (Castelsarrasin) 1 U23

110. Matt Green (Cyclingnews-Jako-Fuga) E U23

111. Stephen Rudkin (FP Mailing) 2 U23

112. William Hedden (Glade CC-Ciclos Uno) 2 U23

113. Adam Norris (Heron Cycle Sport) E U23

114. Lewis Meadows (Inkland MTS) 1 U23

115. Scott Chalmers (Johns Bikes RT) 1 U23

116. Daffyd Dylan (KFS Special Vehicles) 1 U23

117. Kieran Friend (KFS Special Vehicles) 2 U23

118. Matt Cronshaw (Kinesis) E U23

119. Tom Last (Kinesis) 1 U23

120. Jack Pullar (Kinesis) 1 U23

121. James Sampson (Kinesis) 1 U23

122. Daniel Davies (KW Heist Zuider Kempen) 1 U23

123. Ian Stannard (Landbouwkrediet) 1 U23

124. Joshua Andjelkovic (Maxgear RT) 2 U23

125. Simon Baxter (MTS Cyclesport-Inkland RT) 2 U23

126. Tomas Swift-Metcalfe (Palmeiras Resort) E U23

127. Ian Franklin (PCA-Ciclos Uno) 2 U23

128. Daniel Patten (PCA-Ciclos Uno) 1 U23

129. Daniel Kogan (PCA-Ciclos Uno) 2 U23

130. Stephen Adams (Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5 RT) 1 U23

131. Liam Holohan (Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5 RT) 1 U23

132. Matthew Jones (Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5 RT) 1 U23

133. Jon Mozley (Pearl Izumi-Planet X-High 5 RT) E U23

134. Sam Webster (Pinarello RT) E U23

135. Peter Williams (Pinarello RT) E U23

136. Phillip Graves (private member) 2 U23

137. Daniel Shand (Profel Prorace) E 23

138. Dale Appleby (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

139. Adam Bonser (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

140. Tom Diggle (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

141. Simon Holt (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

142. Rhyys Lloyd (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

143. Matt Rowe (Rapha-Condor-Recycling) E U23

144. Ian Bibby (Science in Sport-Trek) E U23

145. David Fletcher (Science in Sport-Trek) 1 U23

146. Alex Wise (Sigmasport-Specialized) 1 U23

147. Marcin Perry (Sports Beans-Wilier) E U23

148. Mark Thwaites (Sports Beans-Wilier) 2 U23

149. Billy-Joe Whenman (Sports Beans-Wilier) 2 U23

150. Adam Blythe (Sprinters Malderen) E U23

151. Tobyn Horton (Team Bouwkantoor Lippens) 1 U23

152. Alastair Carr (Team Remy Meder) 1 U23

153. Tom Walters (Team Remy Meder) 1 U23

154. Tom Copeland (VS Quimper) 1 U23

155. Richard Hepworth (Wakefield CC) 1 U23

156. Andrew Griffiths (Wielergroep Beveren) E U23

157. Alex Atkins (Yawadoo Mobile) 1 U23

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Saturday, June 28

106km, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Elite and under-23 title races

Starts: 2.45pm

Finishes: 5.50pm approx

Race description Two laps of an 18.2-kilometre circuit based on Slingsby and Terrington followed by two laps of a 21.1-kilometre circuit based on Stonegrave and Hovingham before the finish in Duncombe Park.

Nicole Cooke goes for her ninth national road race title ? and eighth in a row ? riding for Halfords Bikehut. And she?ll have a strong team behind her, with the girls in orange and black making up a sixth of the field.

It will be fascinating to watch Cooke race against the likes of Emma Pooley (Specialized) and Rachel Heal, five times a silver medalist. Sharon Laws will miss the road race after she cracked a bone in her leg in a training crash ten days before the event. Laws set for operation.


Letters and numbers (E, 1, 2 etc) refer to rider?s category (elite, first or second). U23 means eligible for under-23 title. Main contenders in bold

1. Nicole Cooke (Halfords Bikehut) E

2. Julie Mann (Altura) 1

2. Charlotte McDonald (CC Basingstoke) 2

4. Kara Chesworth (Dysynni CC) 2

5. Claire Thomas (Edinburgh RC) 2

6. Michelle Buck (Fatbirds CC) 2

7. Tracey Fletcher (Fatbirds CC) 2

8. Pippa Handley (WV De Turbanters) 1

9. Charlotte Blackman (London Dynamo-Cyclefit) 1

10. Rebecca Curley (London Dynamo-Cyclefit) 3

11. Susannah Osborne (London Dynamo-Cyclefit) 2

12. Emma Silversides (Lotto Belisol) 1

13. Leanne Thompson (Lune RCC) 2

14. Rachel Osborn (Newport Shropshire CC) 2

15. Anne Greig (Perth United CC) 3

17. Leda Cox (private member) E

18. Vanessa Raw (private member) 3

19. Becki Rimmington (private member) 2

20. Louise Eden (Seamons C) 2

21. Emma Davies-Jones (Swift Racing) E

22. Gabriella Day (Swift Racing) E

23. Helen Wyman (Swift Racing) E

24. Catherine Hare (Halfords Bikehut) 1

25. Sharon Laws (Halfords Bikehut) E Misses race through injury

26. Jeanette Caldicote (Team Luciano) 1

27. Emma Pooley (Team Specialized) E

28. Sarah Cramoysan (Team Swift) 2

29. Rachel Heal (Tibco) E

30. Bernadette Hards (VC Meudon) 4

31. Jo Munden (VC Meuden) 2

32. Kate Cullen (WV Barrhopoort) 1

33. Femke Van Schelven (WV Barrhopoort) 2

34. Nikki Harris (De Sprinters Malderen) 1 U23

35. Lizzy Goodband (Fatbirds CC) 3 U23

36. Sarah Byrne (GS Strada) 2 U23

37. Kelly Moore (GS Strada) 2 U23

38. Iona Sewell (Leeds Mercury) 4 U23

39. Abbie Thorrington (private member) 2 U23

40. Alice Monger-Godfrey (Swift Racing) 1 U23

41. Eileen Roe (Swift Racing) 2 U23

42. Marie Stuart (Team Chance-Ducati) 2 U23

43. Jessica Allen (Halfords Bikehut) 1 U23

44. Lizzie Armitstead (Halfords Bikehut) E U23

45. Katie Curtis (Halfords Bikehut) 1 U23

46. Joanna Rowsell (Halfords Bikehut) 1 U23

47. Emma Trott (Halfords Bikehut) 1 U23

48. Jackie Garner (Team Luciano) 3 U23

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.