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The Monmouthshire routes for the men and women's National Road Race and Time Trial have been announced ...

The courses for the 2014 National Road Championships were annnounced today by British Cycling.

The races will take place in Monmouthshire on June 26-29 on rural South Wales roads out of Abergavenny, just as they did when the town hosted the event in 2009.

Then, the men’s race was won by Kristian House of Rapha-Condor, the last time a rider not on a World Tour team took the title of national champion.

The 2014 title could end up the hands of a more familiar face though, as Tour de France winners Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are expected to compete alongside current national road race champion Mark Cavendish.

The allure of wearing the national champion’s jersey on home soil when the Tour de France visits the UK in July will surely see all three gunning for the win.

The men’s route will cover a 116 mile circuit south-bound out of Abergavenny toward the coast, along to Chepstow before heading back up to Monmouth and back west to finish where it began.

The women's race will also see some famous faces, with both Lizzie Armistead and current time-trial champion Joanna Rowsell expected to race on the 63-mile route.

The course that the women will follow differs from the men's early on as the race heads down to Usk, before heading to Monmouth from there. At Monmouth the women's route rejoins the men's on the way back into Abergavenny.

The time trial will take place on a 20km circuit inside the grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort. The women will take the course as-is, while the men will cover the circuit twice.

Further information on the race can be found on British Cycling's website.

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Welsh boy [293 posts] 2 years ago
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Well done Bill (I assume you are behind this tremendous achievement), Stephen Bulpitt

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh my days >.< looks like a toughie!

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mattsccm [330 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm really dim . Where are the courses?

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 2 years ago
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mattsccm wrote:

I'm really dim . Where are the courses?

In the gallery - click on the play button (triangle on its side) below the pic of Cav.

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Timsen [71 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm signed up to do the sportive... presumably identical to the men's route....should be fun !  36

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mattsccm [330 posts] 2 years ago
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Ah. And just how was I to know that? Plenty of watching opportunities then . Covers my usual patch. Nice and rolling rather than hilly.

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TripperMint [7 posts] 2 years ago
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63 miles for the women? Seriously? That's only a few miles more than half the distance of the men's course.
Not impressed.

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oozaveared [937 posts] 2 years ago
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This may be controversial and it applies to lots of sports not just cycling. And I excluse the women cyclists from any blame because they don't decide these things.

There is plenty of complaint that women's sport isn't taken seriously.

63 miles is a club run sort of distance. Like TripperMint says it's only a bit over half the men's race distance. So this is an own goal for anyone in the national cycling set up that wants to promote women's cycling.

There's no use asking for equality or to be taken seriously and then pulling a stunt like this that makes women cyclists look like people that just can't hack a proper race distance. I don't think that's true so what's the agenda here?

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simoncon [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Celtic Manor doing Hospitality for Thursday, all day, welcome drinks, 3 course dinner with access to the VIP start for only £75. We have booked

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nellybuck@msn.com [168 posts] 2 years ago
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simoncon wrote:

Celtic Manor doing Hospitality for Thursday, all day, welcome drinks, 3 course dinner with access to the VIP start for only £75. We have booked

Have you got a link to that? Can't find it on their website. TIA