It?s the most prestigious one-day race in Britain ? and the winners get to call themselves national champion for 12 months.

Welcome to the best preview of the 2008 British National Championships on the web. You?ll find all the build-up to the big races here as the weekend approaches.

In Saturday?s women?s race the big question is: Can anyone stop Nicole Cooke from claiming her ninth national title? A ninth win would leave her just four short of equalling Beryl Burton?s record of 13.

And on Sunday, it?s the best of British versus the returning heroes in what promises to be an intriguing race.

Will Russell Downing reaffirm his status as the best rider in Britain this year? Will David Millar successfully defend the jersey and take it with him to the Tour de France? Can Mark Cavendish see his way through the tactical jungle and get to the finish to use his sprint?

If you?re not going to North Yorkshire to watch it live, make sure you check out the reports and reaction here.


Saturday, June 28

2.45pm ? National women?s road race championships for elite and under-23 riders

Two laps of the 18.2km circuit, followed by two laps of the 21.1km circuit

Total distance: 106km

Sunday, June 29

10am ? National men?s road race championship for elite and under-23 riders

Five laps of the circuit, followed by four laps of the 21.1km circuit

Total distance: 203km

For a map of the course, visit the official National Championships site


News, interviews and reports from the National Championships will appear here

Latest news

? Sharon Laws to miss women’s race after cracking a bone in her leg in training crash

? Chris Newton pulls out of men’s race to concentrate on Olympic Games track training


David Millar on defending his title

We speak to the current champion

CW rates the favourites

Ranking the main contenders…

Who’s going to win?

Ask the Texperts

We sent a text to the great and good of British cycling, asking them who they think will win the men?s road race

Who tipped who? Find out here

Who do the riders rate?

Russell Downing runs the rule over the foreign-based Brits who will be returning to stir things up, while Dan Lloyd assesses the domestic challenge.

Downing and Lloyd give their views


Who?s riding? We?ve got the start lists for the men?s and women?s events.

Updated men?s and women?s start lists


We delve into the Cycling Weekly archives to look back at arguably the greatest individual performance in the men?s road race championship ? the day Robert Millar tore them to pieces on the Isle of Man.

Cycling Weekly Classic: Robert Millar’s 1995 National Championship win


What happened last year?

Last year’s top 10

Want to know who the previous champions are?

Roll of honour: Previous British road race champions