BBC Sport will stream the British National Cyclo-Cross Championships live on Sunday, with the action being broadcast via the red button or on the website.

The coverage will also be available on British Cycling’s website and Facebook page, with a host of top stars in action, including elite defending champions Ian Field and Nikki Brammeier.

World Cup star Evie Richards, who claimed her first major senior victory in Namur last month, will defend her under-23 title in the day’s opening race at 9.30am.

Nikki Brammeier, cyclo-cross, mud, British champion, (Pic: Balint Hamvas)

And the 20-year-old urged sports fans to tune in for some high-octane racing action.

“Cyclo-cross is an enthralling spectator sport, and I’m sure that people who tune in for the first time will be back again for more in the future," she said.

The championships are being held at Sunderland’s Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole, with the elite women’s race set to start at 1.15pm, and the elite men at 2.30pm.

Brammeier will bid for a third consecutive national title in the elite women’s race, and fourth in all, but is likely to face stiff competition from nine-time winner Helen Wyman, who missed last year’s event through injury.

Field, meanwhile, has won five of the last six events, and will bid to continue his National Trophy-winning form to see off 2016 winner Liam Killeen.

Other riders to watch include Richards in the under-23 women’s race, while the under-23 men’s race (10.45am) will star world junior champion Tom Pidcock and the two compatriots who joined him on the worlds podium last year, Dan Tulett and Ben Turner.

All three have stepped up to under-23 level this year, with Pidcock - the GB cycling team rider of the year - continuing his remarkable rise with four World Cup wins to seal overall victory.

Tom Pidcock, next big thing, cyclo-cross, celebration, superman, pic - Alex Whitehead-SWpix.com, cover

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycling, said: “The popularity of cyclo-cross continues to grow in Britain, and it’s fantastic that we are now able to take the discipline to an even greater audience by streaming this year’s action live on British Cycling and BBC Sport’s channels.

“We know cyclo-cross is a hugely entertaining sport to watch and with the strength of the field and a fantastic course we wanted to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy a great spectacle and be inspired to attend other events or take up the sport themselves in the future."

British National Cyclo-Cross Championships 2018: TV schedule

Sunday January 14

LIVE: BBC red button, BBC Sport website, British Cycling website, British Cycling Facebook page

Under-23 women - 9.30am

Under-23 men - 10.45am

Junior men - 12pm

Elite women - 1.15pm

Elite men - 2.30pm