The 2018 British National Road Race route isn’t notably hilly this year, instead being characterised by narrow, technical roads. There is one pivotal ascent – Ryals – which the men will ascend for the last time with 30km to go, whilst the women will attack it with 10km left.
The men will complete six laps in total – four large laps and two small 22km loops on laps one and six, coming to a total distance of 185.6km.
The women will complete three loops of the long 34.5km lap, for a total of 106.2km.
Event organiser Peter Harrison comment on the course, saying: “The narrow roads that typify the run in to the famous Ryals climb force the riders to race hard for position: the climb of the Ryals then gives stronger riders the chance to pressurise an already strung-out field.
“The eventual winners and national champions will have to be tactically sharp and prepared to go with the inevitable attacks up the Ryals. Then, we anticipate a game of cat and mouse between smaller groups of riders down to the finish.”