British National Road Championships 2023: Thrilling Races Unveiled in Redcar and Cleveland
Excitement is in the air as the British Cycling National Road Race Championships are set to descend upon our picturesque coastal town of Redcar and Cleveland. From 21st to 25th June, the area will witness the crowning of 10 national champions across three days of intense racing. The highlight of the event will be the dramatic finish up the infamous Saltburn Bank, a climb that promises to test the mettle of the competing cyclists. Join us as we unveil the thrilling route details and the local fervor surrounding this prestigious sporting spectacle.
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The championships will kick off on Wednesday, 21st June, with the time trial event taking place in neighboring North Yorkshire. Starting and finishing at Croft Circuit’s pit lane, riders will embark on a fast and flat course through the scenic roads of Dalton-on-Tees. The elite men will complete three laps, totaling 41.1km, while the under-23 women, under-23 men, and elite women will tackle two laps, covering 27.4km. With minimal climbing, expect lightning-fast times on one of the swiftest courses in the history of the national championships.
On Friday, 23rd June, the attention turns to the tight and technical 1km circuit in the captivating seaside town of Redcar. Riders will commence the circuit races on the seafront before navigating the high street. Both men’s and women’s races will consist of 55 minutes of high-speed action, followed by five laps. Get ready for an exhilarating spectacle as the competitors showcase their skills and tactics on the challenging circuit.
The grand finale of the championships will take place on Sunday, 25th June, with the road races starting and finishing just after the daunting Saltburn Bank climb. With a maximum gradient of over 22%, this climb, characterized by tight hairpin bends, promises to be the ultimate test of strength and endurance. The route encompasses an 18.8km loop, with the women completing seven laps (132km) and the men conquering ten laps (189km). As the riders venture through the scenic villages of East Cleveland, passing historic landmarks like Skelton Castle and the old mining sites in Kilton, they will experience a challenging mix of longer drags and punchy hills. The breathtaking coastal backdrop will add to the excitement as they ascend Saltburn Bank towards the finish line.
Charlie Tanfield, a Great Britain Cycling Team rider representing Saint Piran, expresses his enthusiasm for racing on his home roads in Redcar and Cleveland. He reminisces about his early cycling days, tackling the local hills and chasing the more seasoned climbers. Tanfield praises the region’s cycling culture and the exceptional roads and climbs it offers, making it a magnet for cyclists nationwide. The championships’ arrival will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of riders, while providing a boost to the local economy and showcasing the area’s natural beauty and cycling potential.
Prepare for an adrenaline-filled sporting extravaganza as the British Cycling National Road Race Championships grace the scenic landscapes of Redcar and Cleveland. From the lightning-fast time trials to the exhilarating circuit races and the ultimate challenge of conquering Saltburn Bank, this event promises to captivate both cycling enthusiasts and local residents alike. Let us embrace the spirit of competition and celebrate the incredible athleticism on display as riders from across the country vie for the honor of donning the national champion’s jersey.