Mark Cavendish of HTC-Highroad has confirmed that he will ride this year’s national road race championships in Northumberland on Sunday 26 June, just a week before the Tour de France gets under way, and will also take part in the Leazes Criterium in Newcastle two days earlier.
Last year, Team Sky dominated the nationals, with Geraint Thomas winning from team mates Peter Kenaugh and Ian Stannard after the trio broke away from a field including the likes of Garmin’s David Millar as well as Cavendish, who was still nursing wounds received in a high-speed crash with Heinrich Haussler during the Tour of Switzerland earlier in the month.
This year’s race, based in the village of Stamfordham, will be the showpiece event of a weekend of cycling in the North East including the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge on Saturday 25 June, which will follow part of the route that Britain’s top cyclists will ride over the following day.
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.