The British National Championships are looming, and on Sunday June 30 we’ll see the winners of the men’s and women’s races receive their stripy jerseys.
The men will take on 201 kilometres, and the women 134 kilometres, on a course in Norfolk which both start and finish in Norwich.
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Both routes go north from Norwich city centre, via Wroxham, Cromer and Wells next the Sea, then continue through Holkham Hall for the men, taking in some of Norfolk’s most spectacular coastline before riders make their way back towards Norwich through Foulsham.
British National Championships road race start lists
The men’s start list includes defending champion, Connor Swift (Team Arkéa-Samsic) plus Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) and EF Education First’s Hugh Carthy.
Adam Blythe (Lotto Soudal) also takes to the start line, as 2016 champion, plus 2012 champion Ian Stannard (Team Ineos).
Neither of the past two champions, Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) or Jessica Roberts (Team Breeze) will take the start line in the women’s race.
Katie Archibald (Team HUUB) will ride this year, after missing out last year due to injury, having broken her collarbone at the Tour de Yorkshire and abandoned the Women’s Tour following another crash.
Vying for the crown will be riders such as Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), who won in Stockton in 2016, edging out sister Alice Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), who took the under 23 title for her second place that year and may be looking to go one better.
They’ll be competing against the likes of multiple Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey (Storey Racing) plus Olympic champion Elinor Barker (Drops).