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British Cycling's showpiece event heads to home of past winners Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh...

This year's HSBC UK National Road Championships will be held on the Isle of Man, which has produced three of the last four winners of the men's road race through Mark Cavendish in 2013 and Peter Kennaugh in the following two years.

The time trials, where Alex Dowsett and Hayley Simmonds will both be targeting a third successive win in, respectively, the men's and women's events, take place on Thursday 22 June.

Sunday 25 June sees the road races, with Adam Blythe the reigning men's champion, and Hannah Barnes winning the women's title in Stockton-on-Tees last year.

The island in the Irish Sea hosted the Isle of Man International Cycling Week from 1936 to 2003, with star names racing there including the great Eddy Merckx.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycling, commented: “We are thrilled to be returning to the Isle of Man for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar. 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.”

Isle of Man Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said: “This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome some of the world’s best cyclists to our shores and to showcase the Isle of Man to a wider audience. We have vast experience of hosting international sporting events and can take great pride in being chosen to stage what is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious championships on the British cycling calendar.”

In 2014, when it was rumoured that a bid was being prepared to bring the event to the island, former world champion Cavendish told the BBC: "It would be great to choose a course that shows off the Isle of Man to the full and brings thousands of people over to watch. For sure I think it needs to take in the TT course - maybe as a final lap.

"Hopefully I can share my views with the organisers and the (Manx) government.

He added: "I would be thrilled to come home and race" in the event, which was originally envisaged for 2016.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Edgeley [521 posts] 1 year ago
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Isn't there a teeny weeny problem - for we pedants anyway - that the Isle of Man isn't in the United Kingdom?

 

 

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Yorkshire wallet [1634 posts] 1 year ago
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I haven't been there in about 7 years but....
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beezus fufoon [973 posts] 1 year ago
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yep,

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Yellow Peril [23 posts] 1 year ago
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If you haven't been over for a while or not at all then make the effort you won't regret it!

Bring your bike and enjoy the roads and the scenery, there's a good combination of flat and hills for all abilities. Also cycling is fairly popular here so you won't be lonely!

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Yorkshire wallet [1634 posts] 1 year ago
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Only been with an engine powering me up around the place but I will have to make an effort to cycle the place as (weather allowing!) it's a beautiful island. Then again I did say weather allowing as I've been when the sun's not shining and it's hard to find any redeeming qualities on a motorbike.

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Edgeley [521 posts] 1 year ago
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beezus fufoon wrote:

yep,

 

Is that Dave Brailsford from a few years ago, extolling his no human sacrifice policy at Sky?