British Cycling has announced that the 2022 National Road Championships will take place in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The championships will take place from 23 to 26 June and, as they did in Lincoln last October, will once again bring together the time trial, circuit and road race championships into three days of racing.
Having previously hosted rounds of both the Tour of Britain and Tour Series, Dumfries and Galloway has a proud track record of hosting major cycling events. With the support of EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the region will now host the national championships for the first time, as riders do battle for the coveted red, white and blue national champions’ jerseys.
The championships will begin with the time trials on Thursday 23 June, starting and finishing on the picturesque Crichton Estate in Dumfries, with riders taking in Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve. Ethan Hayter and Anna Henderson will look to defend their titles, having won their first senior time trial titles in Tealby last year.
The circuit races will then take place on the following day (24 June) on a fast but technical one-kilometre circuit around the historic port town of Kirkcudbright. Lincoln-based Jo Tindley took a famous home victory in the 2021 championships, while Hayter added to his time trial title in a thrilling battle under the lights.
On the Sunday (26 June), the road races will start and finish in Castle Douglas, which successfully hosted a round of the Tour Series in 2021 and the finish of the first stage of the Tour of Britain in 2016. The route will pass through the centre of Castle Douglas a number of times during each race, while also taking in the challenging local terrain. Pfeiffer Georgi won her debut national champions’ jersey in Lincoln last year, while Ben Swift will be looking to make it a hat-trick of titles in Castle Douglas after victories in 2019 and 2021.
Featured photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 17/10/2021 – British Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Championships 2021 – Lincoln, England – Elite Men and U23 Road Race