The start lists for the 2019 British National Time Trial Championships have been released, ahead of the race agains the clock on Thursday June 27.
All riders will roll out from the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, Sandringham. The under 23 men go first, at 10am, with elite women at 12.20pm, elite men at 3.31pm and under 23 women at 5.55pm.
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In the women’s race, which will consist of one lap over a 16.5 mile course, reigning champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) is back, as is sister and team mate Alice, who placed second in 2018.
Taking the third step on the 2018 podium was Neah Evans (Team HUUB), and she will also make a return, alongside two time champion Hayley Simmonds (BTC City Ljubljana) – who won in 2015 and 2016.
Olympic track champ and 2017 bronze medallist Katie Archibald (Team HUUB) is another rider to watch, alongside Britain’s most successful female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey (Storey Racing).
In the men’s race, defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) will be absent, leaving second placed Harry Tanfield (Katusha-Alpecin) to test himself against the 25.9 mile course.
Last year’s bronze medallist, and five-time winner Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) also returns, alongside 2017 winner Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data), plus Ian Stannard and Olympic track champion Owain Doull (both Team Ineos), John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) and Scott Davies (Team Dimension Data).
The men’s under-23 field is missing reining champion Charlie Tanfield, with second placed Charlie Quarterman (Zappi Racing Team) seeded as the final rider to set off.
It’s the first time that British Cycling has included a women’s under-23 time trial in the programme – an event which was introduced for men in 2004. The governing body says that larger field sizes have made the inclusion of the event an option.
British Cycling’s Commercial Director, Jonathan Rigby, said: “This has been an ambition of ours for some time, but we knew that this would be the culmination of plenty of good work, rather than the starting point. The work that has gone on over recent years in ensuring that women’s cycling is stronger, more competitive and more sustainable is really bearing fruit, as this announcement shows.
“We have never shied away from the progress that we need to make to ensure complete gender parity in our sport, however this is another fantastic example that the historic gender gap is continuing to narrow.”
With no reigning champion, the last rider off will be national circuit race champion, Anna Henderson (Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm).
British National time trial start lists 2018
The time trials will be live steamed on British Cycling’s Facebook page.