British National Road Championships to return to Abergavenny in 2014

The British National Road Championships will return to Abergavenny next year after British Cycling announced the 2014 event has been awarded to Monmouthshire.

Abergavenny last hosted the battle for the national champions’ jerseys in 2009.

Mark Cavendish won the national champion’s jersey in Glasgow this year (Pic: Vaughn Ridley/

The National Time Trial Championships – won in Glasgow last year by Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle Honda) – will be staged on Thursday June 26.

Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) will bid to defend his National Road Race Championships crown on Sunday June 29, while Lizzie Armitstead – second in Abergavenny in 2009 – will hope to retain her women’s title.

Almost 35,000 watched this year’s championships from the roadside in Glasgow, and Jonny Clay, cycle sport and membership director for British Cycling, said: “We had significant interest from towns in hosting the championships for next year.

“Abergavenny also hosted a very successful British Cycling Premier Calendar road race this year and has a strong pedigree in cycling led by Grand Prix of Wales organiser, Bill Owen, who will organise the championships for Monmouthshire next year.

“In 2009 we saw a race in which Chris Froome, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were all key protagonists and 2014 should be a fitting prelude to the Tour de France Grand Départ in the UK.”

Speaking on behalf of Monmouthshire, councillor Bob Greenland said: “The high profile that British Cycling has brought to the sport since the great successes of last year’s Olympics is plain to see.

Lizzie Armitstead, second to Nicole Cooke last time the championships were held in Abergavenny, will hope to repeat last year’s triumph (Pic: Alex Whitehead/SWPix)

“It‘s incredibly exciting that we have the opportunity to work with British Cycling and host next year’s prestigious National Road Championships.”

Having awarded the 2014 championships, British Cycling is now seeking expressions of interest from locations looking to host the 2015 event.

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