News: 2018 British Road Race Championships

Organisers of the 2018 British Road Championships at Standfordham confirm the routes for the road races

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News: 2018 British Road Race Championships

As expected (see the article here) organisers of the 2018 British Road Championships at Standfordham confirm the routes for the road races. The 2018 British Road Race Championships will take place in Northumberland as part of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, with the men’s and women’s road races taking place on Sunday July 1.

As they were when Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead won their respective championships at the village in 2011, both events will start and finish in the picturesque village of Stamfordham, situated around 20km west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Short lap 13.7 miles | Long lap 22 miles

MEN 185km, 115 miles
2 short laps (1 & 6)
4 long laps (2,3,4, 5)

WOMEN 106km, 66 miles
3 long laps

The men’s race will take place over a total distance of 185km, while the women will compete over 106km. Highlight of the route includes the Ryals climb – the most significant hill on the course. It was just after here in 2011, that Wiggins escaped after a flurry of attacks from him and Pete Kennaugh.

Event organiser Peter Harrison said: “The road race route is extremely picturesque, but the riders won’t have time to enjoy it. 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.”
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