February 12, 2018 | 2months | Press Releases
British Cycling have confirmed that the HSBC UK | National Road and Time Trial Championships will be held in Northumberland in 2018 as part of the long-established Cyclone Festival of Cycling.
The national time trial champions will be crowned on Thursday 28 June with the road race championships being decided on Sunday 1 July. The women's and men's road championship will incorporate the well-established Curlew Cup and long-running Beaumont Trophy races, respectively.
The Cyclone Festival of Cycling will also see thousands of members of the public taking part in two events, the Tyne 6 Bridges Fun Rides on Friday 29 June and the Cyclone Challenge Rides, which is run over 34, 64, 90 and 106 mile routes, on Saturday 30 June (Important info for riders who entered one of these ride before 12 Feb 2018).
The National Road and Time Trial Championships traditionally attract the country’s best riders, with Tour de France stage winner, Steve Cummings, the reigning champion in both men’s disciplines, whilst Lizzie Deignan and Claire Rose are the reigning Road and Time Trial champions respectively.
Other recent winners of the Road title have included Mark Cavendish in 2013 and Ian Stannard and Laura Kenny (then Trott) in 2014. Bradley Wiggins won the National Road title in 2011, the last time the Cyclone Festival hosted the National Road Championships. That was also the year that Lizzie Deignan, then Lizzie Armitstead, won the first of her four national Road titles. Although Bradley has since retired, Lizzie will be amongst the favourites for the 2018 women’s race.
Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycling, said:
“We are thrilled to be heading to the north east for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar. There is a great passion for cycling with thousands of people turning out to watch whenever there are cycling races in the area. Hosted in partnership with the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, there is something for all fans of cycling, whether you want to watch the racing or take part in a sportive.”
Peter Harrison, organiser of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, said:
"It's exciting news that the Cyclone Festival of Cycling will hosting the National Championships again. With family rides, a four-route sportive and national championships in both Road Racing and Time Trials, this year's Cyclone will be a four-day Festival and it looks set to be our best yet, with something for everyone, whether they want to ride, race or spectate."