Young Welsh talent set for 2013 British Cycling National Road Race Championships

Young Welsh talent set for 2013 British Cycling National Road Race Championships

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World Junior Time Trial Champion Elinor Barker will compete in the 2013 British Cycling National Road Championships next week, featuring in a field of strong Olympic and world champions where Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead lead the way.

The championships are hosted in Glasgow, less than 400 days before the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The time trial will take place on Thursday 20 June, with the road race following on Sunday 23 June. Highlights of the event will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 24 June at 7pm.

In the women’s event Wales’ Barker (Wiggle-Honda) will be joined by team mate Amy Roberts in the road and time trial competition, where both the young riders make their debut in the national championships as senior riders and will be in the running for the under 23 titles. A team of five women will represent Welsh Club Abergavenny RC, and solo rider Jennifer Edwards will ride for Rhos On Sea CC.

The field is strong for the women’s events with Olympic road silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead (Dolmans Boels) taking to the start alongside defending champion Sharon Laws (Lotto-Belisol). The Olympic gold medal track trio of Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell turned to the road in 2013 with Wiggle Honda women’s pro cycling team, and will also contest the national road championship title in Glasgow.

In the men’s race, Wales’ Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) will be part of a strong squad that includes defending champion Ian Stannard. They will face tough competition from Mark Cavendish who leads the world class field of riders.

Welshman Ed Laverack will start his first national championship as a senior athlete with Rapha Condor JLT, looking to make his mark in the under 23 competition. British Cycling Academy riders Sam Harrison and Owain Doull will also be flying the flag for Wales in the event. Doull’s recent strength could make him podium potential in the under 23’s, with Harrison looking to defend his 2012 time trial title. Jon Mould and Rob Partridge of British-based Team UK Youth will also be looking to make their mark. Team UK Youth are currently leading the Pearl Izumi Tour Series; will they also gain a national champion in 2013?

The National Time Trial Championships will take place on Thursday 20 June in Stewarton, East Ayrshire. The women’s and under 23 race will start at 3pm, finish at approximately 5pm and cover two laps of a 17-kilometre course. The men’s race will start at 6.30pm, finish at approximately 8:30pm and cover two laps of a 24-kilometre course.

The National Road Race Championships will take place on Sunday 23 June and will start and finish at Glasgow Green. The city centre course will feature elements of the proposed route for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The women’s race will get underway at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm. The men’s race will start at 1:30pm and finish at approximately 5:30pm.

The full start list and further information about the event including course maps, the best places to watch and information about travel and accommodation can be found on the official event website www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk.

Highlights of the British Cycling National Road Championships will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 24 June at 7pm.