British Cycling has announced the route details for this year’s HSBC UK | National Road Championships in Lincoln, which will take place from 14-17 October, bringing the time-trial, circuit race and road race championships together into the same week for the first time.
Six coveted national champion’s jerseys will be awarded across the three days of racing, with the road and circuit races to be centred on the familiar streets of Lincoln city centre, and the time-trials to be hosted in the picturesque village of Tealby in Lincolnshire.
The time-trials kick off the championships on Thursday 14 October, with the under-23 women, under-23 men and elite women setting a time over two laps of the route, totalling 29.4km, while the elite men will complete three laps, totalling 44.7km. The challenging route includes 500ft of climbing in each lap in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The circuit races will take place on Friday 15 October, on a 1km route around the city’s historic 11th century castle. Both the men’s and women’s races will be contested over one hour plus five laps, with the floodlit circuit passing through the cobbled Castle Square between Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.
The road races conclude this year’s championships on Sunday 17 October, and the route will come as no surprise to British racing fans, following the route of the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix. Taking in the iconic, cobbled Michaelgate climb once every eight miles, the men’s race will be contested over 166km (13 laps) and the women’s race over 101km (8 laps). The finish line on Castle Square is the same as that which has been used for every Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix for more than three decades.
British Cycling CEO, Brian Facer, said, “Lincoln’s roads have played host to some momentous bike races over the past five decades, and I know that the whole British cycling community is excited to return to the city this October to see national champions crowned once more.
“Bringing the three championships together into a single week is great news for fans of our sport and highlights our commitment to evolving our major events – ensuring that they are a fantastic gateway into our sport for fans and riders of all ages and demonstrate great value for our local partners, who we couldn’t deliver the events without.”
Event organiser, Dan Ellmore, said, “After what has been an incredibly challenging period for road racing in this country, I can’t wait to join the crowds to watch history be made on one of British cycling’s most iconic backdrops.
“We are looking forward to the return of the HSBC UK | National Road Championships to Lincolnshire, and the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix circuit with the cobbled Michaelgate will provide a great challenge for the road racers.
“The circuit championship will also use the same finish line and the Bailgate section of the Grand Prix course and will be another tough race and a great spectacle for the crowd, and we have worked hard to provide a challenging time-trial route taking in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
Further details on the event, including the riders that will be competing and how you can follow the action, will be published in the coming weeks.