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:
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!
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