Lincolshire has been named today by British Cycling as the host of the 2015 National Road Championships, with the event returning to England for the first time since 2012.
The event will take place from 25-28 June, with Lincolnshire's successful bid designed to commemorate the 60th edition of the Lincoln Grand Prix - a title that winner of the men's road race will also take.
The proposed route will be tried at at this year's edition of the race, won last year by Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh, and due to take place on 11 May..
British Cycling's board this morning approved a recommendation from its road commission to award the event, which now combines both the road races and time trials, to the county.
The governing body's sport and membership director, Jonny Clay, said: “In recent years the national road championships have become an iconic event on the cycling calendar bringing together a cast made up of globally recognised sportsmen and women.
"Each place that hosts the event stands on the shoulders of those that have hosted before and takes on the responsibility for further building the reputation of our championship.
"With the status of the Lincoln Grand Prix already clearly established on the domestic cycling calendar, Lincolnshire has all the ingredients for a superb championship and we look forward to visiting in 2015."
Ian Emmerson of the event organisers added: "We are obviously delighted to hear that British Cycling has accepted our bid to organise the 2015 British Cycling National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.”
Last year's championships took place in Glasgow, with Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead respectively winning the men's and women's road titles, while the time trial honours went to Alex Dowsett and Joanna Rowsell.
This year's event will be held in Monmouthshire from 26 to 29 June.
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.