Isle of Man to host British National Road Championships

Isle of Man to host British National Road Championships
By Sportsbeat

09/01/2017 at 13:50

Great Britain's cycling stars will travel to the Isle of Man this summer after the island was chosen as the host for the 2017 British National Road Championships.

The Championships are one of the highlights of the British domestic road calendar and will this year take place in June, with the national time trial champions being crowned on Thursday 22 and the road races decided on Sunday 25.

Previous winners of the British national titles include Sir Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Deignan, Mark Cavendish and Laura Kenny while the 2016 road races were won by Adam Blythe and Hannah Barnes.

Both Cavendish and another previous champion Peter Kennaugh are from the Isle of Man, with British Cycling's director of cycling Jonny Clay excited to see what the island would bring to the latest edition of the race.

"We are thrilled to be returning to the Isle of Man for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar," he told British Cycling.

"The island is steeped in cycling heritage, passion and tradition, making it the ideal venue for such a prestigious event.

"In addition to its unrivalled cycling history, the Isle of Man enjoyed a hugely successful return to hosting elite cycle racing in 2016 with the Manx International Grand Prix, so we have great confidence that this year's HSBC UK National Road Championships will be a tremendous occasion and help to underpin elite road racing on the island and raise its profile nationwide."

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