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British National Championships (Road Race)

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by tom oo (U7723646) 22 June 2009
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The British National Road Race Championships take place this weekend, based in Abergavenny. The ladiesí race takes place on Saturday 27th June, while the men go on Sunday 28th. There are good strong fields assembled for both, including many of the top UK road riders (and some of the track guys too). Hereís a selection of a few of the better known names taking part:

Mark Cavendish
Bradley Wiggins
David Millar
Nicole Cook
Emma Pooley
Geraint Thomas
Christopher Froome
Ben Swift
Ian Stannard
Lizzie Armitstead
Steve Cummings
Daniel Lloyd
Chris Newton
Jeremy Hunt
Russel Downing
Rob Hayles
Ed Clancy

The ladies' course consists of 2 laps of a big loop to the east of Abergavenny, taking in the town of Monmouth, with a few undulations but nothing major. It finishes with a couple of laps of a short town centre circuit in Abergavenny.

The men's course starts with a single lap of a big loop to the east of Abergavenny, via Usk and Monmouth, followed by a shorter loop to the west including a climb up The Tumble, 400m of vertical ascent in less than 4km. The course then returns to Abergavenny via Blaenavon and Brynmawr. The race finishes with 10 laps of the town centre circuit in Abergavenny.

Sadly Iíll miss the ladiesí race due to it clashing with my sisterís wedding. But Iím sure to be there (albeit a tad hungover!) for the menís race on Sunday. I think the best plan is to pick a spot on the climb up The Tumble, then roll down the hill into Abergavenny to catch the finishing laps.

I expect The Tumble to be a decisive point in the race. Crucially, will the sprinters (in particular Cavendish) be able to stick with the better climbers? And if not, will they be able to chase them down on the run into Abergavenny? A big problem for Cav is that he doesnít have a single team mate to help him in this race, and this could well play into the hands of any breakaway riders. It should be a fascinating race!

Further details: www.abergavennyfestivalofcyc...

Full rider list: new.britishcycling.org.uk/ro...

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posted Jun 22, 2009

I don't think I've seen such an exciting field for the British Men's race for years! Will be interesting to see who wins it - I wouldn't be surprised if its one of the Cervelo team as they have 4 experienced pros to control any breakaways.

Does anyone know why Wegelius isn't riding - Or is it not just at the World Championships where he doesn't consider himself British! ;-)

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comment by tom oo (U7723646)

posted Jun 22, 2009

My mistake, the ladies race doesn't take in the The Tumble climb, just the men's. I'll edit the article.

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comment by tom oo (U7723646)

posted Jun 22, 2009

toffeesteveo, I haven't heard of any TV coverage, but let's hope so!
I'd half expect ITV4 to have picked it up, especially on the back of their 'Tour Series' coverage which I think has been excellent.

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comment by CS (U13260344)

posted Jun 22, 2009

Yeah it's always good to see a big rider win. I'd say Millar for the TT but possibly Swift for the RR it looks like it may suit his style of riding.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

SeanF81 - think you nailed the reason!

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comment by gdodds (U7772788)

posted Jun 22, 2009

TV Coverage is on Eurosport (Just the whole premier calendar), only highlights though. Shown directly after TDF Stage 1. (Both Men and Womens RR)

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posted Jun 23, 2009

After TDF stage 1?? That cannot be this weekend already?? runs off to check calendar.

What a class field - strongest this race has seen for a while. A few wins between them this season eh?

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posted Jun 26, 2009

I want Emma to win and get credit for all the excellent rides she has done, but I am not sure she has the fire-power to take on Cooke if it becomes one on one. Maybe if Lizzie and another one or two are in the the mix it will give Cooke too much to deal with all at once.

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posted Jun 26, 2009

Emma is in really good form and has been for most of the year whereas Nicole seems to be pacing her season in a similar manner to last year. I think Emma does have the power to take on Nicole and will push her on the climbs which could be enough to take the jersey. However, I don't have a favourite, I am just delighted that both girls are riding well.

As for Lizzie, I expect her to have a good race but to eventually succumb to the pace Emma and Nicole will undoubtedly set.

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posted Jun 26, 2009

Perhaps not hily enough for Emma, should have preferred the course to include the Tumble like the mens.
The big thing that may well swing it is that Nicole has three team mates supporting her and Emma will be her own.
My outside tip, Nikki Harris.

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