The Isle of Man TT circuit will feature on the routes of next month’s HSBC UK National Road Championships, which are taking place on the island between 22 and 25 June.
The time trials will be held on Thursday 22 June on a 13.8-mile circuit starting and finishing at Tynwald Hill, St John’s, with the elite men riding it twice, while the elite women and under-23 men will complete one lap.
Sunday 25 June sees the road races, which begin with the 37.7-mile Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Course, ridden twice in the men’s race and once in the women’s, starting and finishing at the TT Grandstand in Douglas.
That will be followed by a 4.5-mile circuit in Douglas, the men completing 10 laps and the women six.
Former national champion Mark Cavendish, a native of the island, said: “I know there’s a huge amount of enthusiasm for hosting the national championships on the Isle of Man.
“The championships coming to the Isle of Man will be great for all involved, and it will be fantastic to see some of the country’s best cyclists competing over these courses next month.”
Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycling, added: “The Isle of Man is steeped in cycling history, and we are delighted to be able to announce a route for the 2017 HSBC UK National Road Championships which incorporates some of the island’s most famous sites.
“This will not only provide a fitting nod towards the island’s sporting heritage, but will also give spectators the best possible opportunity to view what is sure to be a fantastic two days of racing.
“The course announcement is another hugely exciting milestone for a championships which will help to underpin elite road racing on the island and raise its profile nationwide.”
There will also be a sportive on Saturday 24 June with two route options and held over the same roads as the following day’s national championships.
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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.