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HSBC UK | National Road Championships Norfolk routes revealed

British Cycling has revealed the routes that the country’s best riders will take as they bid for national titles at the HSBC UK | National Road Championships this summer.

Norfolk will play host to the championships as part of the wider Great British Cycling Festival – a weekend-long celebration of cycling at all levels which will see families and amateur cyclists able to get involved in a series of rides and activities.

The pinnacle of the British domestic road calendar, the championships will see the men’s and women’s time trial champions crowned on Thursday June 27 and the road races contested on Sunday June 30.

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The Sunday will also see amateur cyclists of all abilities test themselves in the shadow of the professionals, with a 100-mile sportive.

Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling’s Commercial Director, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for cycling in this country, with the recent announcement that Glasgow will host the first ever combined world championships in 2023, and the forthcoming UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire. The HSBC UK | National Road Championships represent the pinnacle of our domestic road calendar, so we’re delighted that the Great British Cycling Festival will offer so many opportunities for the people of Norfolk and beyond to get involved in our fantastic sport.”

Thursday’s time trials – last year won by Hannah Barnes and Geraint Thomas, just three weeks before his Tour de France victory - will see elite men compete over 25.9 miles, and elite women and under-23s race over 17 miles. Both races will start and finish on the royal Sandringham estate, with the under-23 and elite races taking place across the afternoon.

Sunday’s road races will both start and finish in Norwich city centre, with the men racing over 125.2 miles and the women 83.5. Both routes will head north from the city centre, via Wroxham, Cromer and Wells next the Sea, then through Holkham Hall for the men, taking in some of Norfolk’s most spectacular coastline before riders make their way back towards Norwich through Foulsham.

Jonathan Rigby continued: “We’re delighted to be able to confirm these routes. The list of previous winners of the road race or time trial titles – including the likes of Laura Kenny, Mark Cavendish, Lizzie Deignan and Geraint Thomas – gives some indication of the prestige of these titles, and to see them contested in Norfolk’s truly stunning surroundings will be a wonderful spectacle.

Sunday’s 100-mile sportive – the British Cycling Challenge 100 – is just one of the ways in which the general public can get involved in the festival. The sportive will follow the same route as the elite men’s road race, again starting and finishing in Norwich city centre, and allowing amateur riders to test themselves in the same conditions as the elite competitors.

For further details, or to enter the British Cycling Challenge 100 sportive, visit GB Cycling Festival. Details of the other events which will make up the festival will be released in due course.

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