The 2016 British Road National Championships in Stockton-on-Tees conclude on Sunday (June 26) with the road race disciplines to settle the under-23 men, under-23 women, elite women and elite men’s titles.
Defending elite men’s champion Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) is absent as he recovers from injury, leaving the way clear for another rider to wear the coveted national champion’s jersey.
Kennaugh’s Sky team-mates Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe and Ben Swift have all withdrawn from the start list, joining top international riders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome as absentees.
The front runner for the men’s title is undoubtedly 2013 national champion Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who will ride against the likes of Sky’s Alex Peters and Andy Fenn, Adam Blythe (Tinkoff), Scott Thwaites (Bora-Argon 18), Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Chris Opie (One Pro Cycling) and Chris Lawless (JLT-Condor).
The under-23s race with the elites, with the top under-23 rider awarded the national title. Team Wiggins go into the event with a strong line-up of riders, including U23 time trial winner Scott Davies. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) will be one of the riders attempting to stop them.
Defending British champion and current world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) is the runaway favourite to take the 2016 elite women’s title. She is joined in the race by Boels team-mate Nikki Harris, who could also figure on the final podium.
Dani King (Wiggle-High5) is one of the leading challengers to Armitstead. There may be more at stake than purely the British title, as King has been reportedly left out of Team GB Olympic selection for Rio despite being the second-highest ranked British rider in the UCI WorldTour after Armitstead.
Dame Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition) and Nikki Juniper (Ford Ecoboost) are among the challengers. Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling) is the front-runner for the women’s under-23 title.
2016 British National Road Championships race race schedule
Sunday, June 26
09.00: Women’s road race starts
10.45: Race joins finishing circuit
11.30: Women’s road race finishes
11.45: Women’s road race presentation
13.00: Men’s road race starts
17.00: Race joins finishing circuit
18.00: Men’s road race finishes
18.15: Men’s road race presentation
2016 British National Road Championships start lists
2016 British National Road Championships course
All races start in Stockton town centre before heading north-east to a circuit that is lapped six times by the women and 12 times by the men. Then it’s back into Stockton for three laps of a finishing circuit for the women, and six by the men.
The women cover 106km (66 miles) and the men 180km (112 miles).
Last year’s winners
Elite men: Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
Elite women: Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
U23 men: Owain Doull
U23 women: Alice Barnes
2016 British National Road Championships on TV
Sunday, June 26
10.30-11.30 Time trial highlights on Eurosport 1
14.30-15.30 Time trial highlights on Eurosport 1
15.30-18.30 Live road race coverage on Eurosport 1
21.05-22.05 Road race highlights on Eurosport 1