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British National Road Championships Return to Tees Valley

Pfeiffer Georgi

British Cycling has revealed that this year’s British National Road Championships will return to Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. This decision comes as part of a new partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority, aimed at enhancing cycling and tourism links in the region.

Last year marked the successful debut of the championships in the area, culminating in Pfeiffer Georgi and Fred Wright clinching the national titles on the renowned Saltburn Bank.

The championships will commence on Wednesday, June 19, with the time-trial events taking place in North Yorkshire. Notably, Josh Tarling secured the title of the youngest-ever elite men’s national time-trial champion in the 2023 edition, while Lizzie Holden impressed with her performance in the elite women’s category.

On Friday, June 21, the circuit races will unfold in Darlington town centre, which boasts a rich history of hosting cycling events. Megan Barker and Ollie Wood, the defending champions from Redcar, will be eager to retain their national circuit race titles.

Finally, the road races will conclude the championships on Sunday, June 23, starting and finishing in Saltburn. The modified route promises fewer climbs and scenic views of the Tees Valley, with Fred Wright and Pfeiffer Georgi aiming to defend their aforementioned road race titles.

Fred Wright expressed his anticipation, describing the privilege of winning his first elite national road title and the excitement of returning to compete against the nation’s best riders. Similarly, Pfeiffer Georgi shared her enthusiasm for women’s racing and her determination to retain her jersey.

The 2024 championships will integrate the time-trial, circuit, and road events for the fourth consecutive year, underscoring efforts to elevate the sport’s profile and provide thrilling experiences for participants and spectators alike.

Today’s announcement further underscores Tees Valley Combined Authority’s commitment to cycling tourism, following the success of previous championships and the upcoming East Cleveland Classic. This partnership aims to boost civic pride, tourism, and cycling participation in the region.

Amy Gardner, British Cycling’s Interim Director of Sport and Participation, expressed gratitude to Tees Valley Combined Authority and local partners for their support in hosting the championships. She emphasised the significance of growing the sport’s audience and nurturing talent.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, hailed the partnership as a significant boost for the area’s reputation as a premier cycling destination, anticipating economic benefits and increased cycling participation.

Local councillors also welcomed the news, highlighting the opportunity to showcase the region’s scenic beauty and boost tourism through cycling events.

Further details regarding the routes and event specifics will be released in due course, promising another exciting edition of the British National Road Championships in Tees Valley.