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2023 National Road Race Championships: report and results

Pfeiffer Georgi and Fred Wright are the new national road race champions. Report and results, 25 June 2023

Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) reclaimed her national champions’ stripes in fine fashion as she attacked on the final climb up Saltburn bank to finish clear of Claire Steels (Israel Premier Tech Roland) in a hot and sunny national road race.

In the afternoon, Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) took an emotional victory, pointing to the sky as he crossed the line in honour of his late teammate, Gino Mäder, as he took his first victory as a professional.

Featured Photo: SWPix

Women’s race

If the thought of tackling a hilly course didn’t put the fear of God into the peloton, then the sunshine and rapidly rising temperatures were enough to make the women’s road race a prospect for only the boldest of riders.

It was a race from the back in the early laps as the pressure applied at the front of the bunch by riders including Frankie Hall (Loughborough Lightning) quickly began to stretch things out, riders jettisoned from the back.

It was Claire Steels’ (Israel Premier Tech Roland) accelerations that were particular transformational. Her pace up the long climb to Skelton on lap two blew apart creating an initial split of 30-40 riders with Alice and Hannah Barnes (Human Powered Health & Uno X respectively) among those caught out.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Women’s Road Race – The Breakaway climbing Saltburn Bank. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

That split didn’t last long but it set the pattern of the race; accelerations on the climbs serving to slowly whittle the field down.

It was at 50km to go that the defining move of the race occurred, seven riders forging clear. Steels, Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM), Elinor Barker (Uno X), Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo Visma), Alex Morrice (Canyon-SRAM) and Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx) put minutes on what was left of an increasingly fractured chasing pack, Flora Perkins (Fenix-Deceuninck Development Team) chasing alone in vein.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Women’s Road Race – Anna Henderson of Team Jumbo-Visma. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Steels and Georgi frequently tested their fellow leaders with accelerations force but they couldn’t shake the rest of the group initially; even Morrice, who had to recover from a minor fall, was still on the wheel of the leaders.

It proved to be the final ascent of Saltburn Bank – with gradients of up to 25% and nasty hairpins to boot – that was decisive. Shackley and Barker were dropped off the back and none could catch Georgi as she smashed her way up the final climb to take her second title in three years by five seconds over Steels.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Women’s Road Race – Pfeiffer Georgi of Team DSM wins. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Henderson took third, with Barker fourth and Shackley claiming the under-23 title in fifth.


1103Pfeiffer GeorgiTeam DSM3:56:45
252Claire SteelsIsrael Premier Tech Roland+0.05
3106Anna HendersonTeam Jumbo-Visma+0.13
4118Elinor Barker MBEUno-X Pro Cycling Team+0.16
5108Anna ShackleyTeam SD WorxU23+0.23
690Natalie GrinczerStade Rochelais Charente-Maritime+0.31
72Alex MorriceCANYON – SRAM RACING+0.49
8114Elizabeth HoldenUAE Team ADQ+7.19
935Flora PerkinsFenix-Deceuninck Development TeamU23ST
10113Elynor BackstedtTREK – SEGAFREDOU23+7.30
1134Sophie WrightFenix-Deceuninck Development Team+7.31
1215Hayley SimmondsAWOL- O’Shea+7.51
1321Monica GreenwoodDAS – Handsling Bikes+9.12
14121Lizi BrookeWahoo – Le Col+9.34
1511Jessica FinneyAWOL- O’Shea+10.17
1632Abi SmithEF Education-TIBCO-SVBU23+11.13
17124Frances OwenWahoo – Le Col+12.20
1833Millie CouzensFenix-Deceuninck Development TeamST
1947Tamsin MillerHutchinson-Brother UKST
2077Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+12.23
21104Neah EvansTeam HUUB+12.25
2236Maddie HeywoodFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing+12.28
2373Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+12.30
2467Francesca HallLoughborough Lightning+12.37
2575Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+12.40
269Amelia TylerAlba Development Road Team+12.42
2779Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees CoffeeST
2862Madelaine LeechLifeplus Wahoo+12.48
2948Ruth ShierHutchinson-Brother UKST
3055Abi PlowmanJadan Vive le Velo Glasdon+12.51
3164April TaceyLifeplus WahooST
32125Katie PhipkinWahoo – Le ColST
33101Josie NelsonTeam Coop-Hitec ProductsU23+13.42
DNF60Emily ProudLe Col Race Team
DNF89Lucy GaddStade Rochelais Charente-MaritimeU23
DNF93Dame Sarah StoreyStorey Racing
DNF91Olivia FrenchStolenGoat Race Team
DNF14Francesca Morgans-SladerAWOL- O’Shea
DNF58Caitlin DimblebyLe Col Race Team
DNF70Tess LawsonMartigny VC Excelsior
DNF43Alice BarnesHuman Powered Health
DNF5Sophie EneverAlba Development Road Team
DNF76Zoe LanghamPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee
DNF99Lauren RobinsonTeam Boompods
DNF12Lucy HarrisAWOL- O’Shea
DNF28Danni ShrosbreeDAS – Handsling Bikes
DNF105Megan BarkerTeam Inspired (UCI Track Team)
DNF87Freya RawlinsSoltec Team
DNF6Arianne HollandAlba Development Road Team
DNF126Ellie ParryWatersley R&D Cycling TeamU23
DNF96Charlotte Hodgkins-ByrneTeam Boompods
DNF115Grace CastleUnattachedU23
DNF66Philippa DraperLoughborough LightningU23
DNF110Isabel DarvillTeam Spectra Cannondale
DNF102Jessica RobertsTeam Coop-Hitec Products
DNF41Rosie WaylandFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing
DNF23Lucy LeeDAS – Handsling Bikes
DNF51Sannah ZamanHutchinson-Brother UK
DNF119Hannah BarnesUno-X Pro Cycling Team
DNF13Connie HayesAWOL- O’Shea
DNF94Hannah FarranTeam Boompods
DNF86Dannielle KhanSaint Piran WRT
DNF24Sophie LewisDAS – Handsling BikesU23
DNF111Josie KnightTeam Spectra Cannondale
DNF68Amber HardingLoughborough Lightning
DNF97Sian MarshTeam Boompods
DNF123Lauren LanghamWahoo – Le Col
DNF49Dannielle WatkinsonHutchinson-Brother UK
DNF98Gemma MitchellTeam Boompods
DNF10Georgia BullardAWOL- O’Shea
DNF44Sian BotteleyHutchinson-Brother UK
DNF88Rosie SimmonsSouthampton University Road Club
DNF45Jessie CarridgeHutchinson-Brother UK
DNF95Jayati HineTeam Boompods
DNF109Xan CreesTeam Spectra Cannondale
DNF7Beth MaciverAlba Development Road Team
DNF4Daisy BarnesAlba Development Road Team
DNF71Cecilia HimeParadigm Cycles
DNF57Lucy NeathamLDN-AcademyU23
DNF82Annabel RamsayRFDA
DNF38Elizabeth SandersFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing
DNF69Anya TamplinLoughborough Lightning
DNF54Miriam JessettJadan Vive le Velo Glasdon
DNF50Lydia WattsHutchinson-Brother UK
DNF53Beth Harley-JepsonJadan Vive le Velo Glasdon
DNF18Harriet GrahamBrother UK-Orientation Marketing
DNF81Nicola GreenwoodRFDA
DNF107Joanne ReaTeam Kirkley Cycles
DNF80Megan WalkerPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee
DNF117Georgina OakleyUnattached
DNF30Sophie ThackrayDAS – Handsling Bikes
DNF78Millie SkinnerPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee
DNF84Hannah BayesSaint Piran WRT
DNF92Erin AvillStorey Racing
DNF59Suzetta GuerriniLe Col Race Team
DNF8Victoria SmithAlba Development Road Team
DNF65Eva CallinanLoughborough Lightning
DNF40Vivienne TomlinFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing
DNF22Emma JeffersDAS – Handsling BikesU23
DNS3Anna KayFenix-Deceuninck Development Team
DNS16Libby SmithsonAWOL- O’Shea
DNS17Harriet EvansBrother UK-Orientation Marketing
DNS19Ellen InglisBrother UK-Orientation MarketingU23
DNS20Katie ArchibaldCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team
DNS25Grace ListerDAS – Handsling BikesU23
DNS26Emma MatthewsDAS – Handsling Bikes
DNS27Katie ScottDAS – Handsling BikesU23
DNS29Sammie StuartDAS – Handsling Bikes
DNS31Zoe BackstedtEF Education-TIBCO-SVBU23
DNS37Clare ParkinFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing
DNS39Floren ScraftonFTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing
DNS46Harriet DoddHutchinson-Brother UK
DNS56Eleanor BoltonLDN-AcademyU23
DNS61Eluned KingLifeplus WahooU23
DNS63Kate RichardsonLifeplus WahooU23
DNS72Robyn ClayPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee
DNS74Lucy EllmorePro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees CoffeeU23
DNS83Ella BarnwellSaint Piran WRTU23
DNS85Sophie HolmesSaint Piran WRT
DNS100Mary WilkinsonTeam Boompods
DNS112Morven YeomanTorelliU23
DNS116Savannah MorganUnattached
DNS120Anastasia BowlerWahoo – Le Col
DNS122Laura GrayWahoo – Le Col

Men’s race

With heat and wind increasing as the forecast storms started to make their presence known on the horizon, a peloton of 142 riders set off onto the East Cleveland course ready for a grueling 189km of racing.

From the end of the neutralised start, riders were flying off the front, with EF Education – EasyPost’s Simon Carr and Owain Doull part of a group deciding that attack was the best form of defence, putting the hammer down to shatter the peloton’s will early on.

Such was the intensity of the early phases that the peloton was quickly reduced to just 40 riders, small groups scattered all over the road behind.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Men’s Road Race – Stephen Williams of Israel – Premier Tech with Sean Flynn of Team DSM climbing Saltburn Bank. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Mark Donovan (Q36.5 Pro Cycling) attacked not long after, taking Sean Flynn (Team DSM) with him. They built a steady gap. All the while, riders were losing touch with what remained of the peloton, elite time trial champion Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers) one of many casualties.

The Donovan and Flynn show didn’t last, however, swallowed up by the high-quality but slender bunch. Donovan was nothing if not persistent though. He worked his way into the next major move, a six-man break that also featured Max Walker and Oliver Rees (both Trinity Racing), Conor McGoldrick (Richardsons Trek DAS), Harrison Wood (Cofidis), and Joshua Golliker (Groupama-FDJ Conti).

Working well together, they extended their advantage to over a minute from a pack of a dozen behind whose chase was led by a determined Connor Swift (Ineos Grenadiers).

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Men’s Road Race – Harrison Wood of Team Cofidis with Conor McGoldrick of Richardsons Trek DAS and Oliver Rees of Trinity Racing climbing Saltburn Bank. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Swift’s efforts pulled the break back, but Donovan wasn’t done yet. He broke clear just before his companions were caught, building a lead of well over a minute.  Behind, James Knox (Soudal Quick-step), Sam Watson (GROUPAMA – FDJ), Owain Doull (EF Education – EasyPost), Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious), Stevie Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) and Swift were the group of ten chasers.

Donovan’s luck eventually ran out, caught with 45km to go. Now it was the turn of Wright, Doull, Watson, Swift, Williams and Knox to take the initiative, dropping their lead group companions. An acceleration from Knox saw Swift go backward and now there were five.

Swift somehow clawed his way back and then, remarkably attacked on what by now were rain-soaked roads. As the riders hit Saltburn Bank with one lap to go, however, Knox attacked, leaving only Williams and Wright with him.

The trio took turns attacking each other on their final tour of the circuit but no move would stick until Wright tried another attack as they travelled through Brotton.

Fully committed, Wright was a man possessed, he flew up the final ascent of Saltburn Bank, belying the exertion he had already put in to get to this point. Knox and Williams had no reply.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Men’s Road Race – Fred Wright of Bahrain-Victorious wins and dedicates it to teammate and friend Gino Mäder. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Wright pointed to the sky as he crossed the line, a beautifully poignant gesture in honour of his late teammate Gino Mäder. It was a remarkable way to take his first win as a professional, the emotion unsurprisingly flooding out of the 24-year-old south Londoner.

Making his own attack on the climb, Knox secured the silver medal with Williams rounding out the podium. 

Watson took the under-23 title for the second year in a row, with Groupama-FDJ Conti teammate Joshua Golliker second and Walker third.

2023 British National Road Championships – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England – Men’s Road Race – Fred Wright of Bahrain-Victorious emotional after his victory dedicated to Gino Mader RIP. Image: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com


16Fred WrightBahrain-Victorious4:43:52
2101James KnoxSoudal Quick-step+0.08
356Stephen WilliamsIsrael – Premier Tech+0.16
425Owain Doull MBEEF Education – EasyPost+1.30
541Samuel WatsonGROUPAMA – FDJU23+1.33
649Connor SwiftIneos Grenadiers+2.58
776Mark DonovanQ36.5 Pro Cycling+5.11
826James ShawEF Education – EasyPost+5.14
943Joshua GollikerGroupama-FDJ La ContiU23+5.20
1014Harrison WoodCofidis+6.34
11128Max WalkerTrinity RacingU23+12.08
12125Oliver ReesTrinity RacingU23+12.16
1392Zeb KyffinSaint Piran+12.19
14105Sean FlynnTeam DSM+12.27
15143Thomas ArmstrongWheelbase CabTech Castelli+12.44
16161Huw Buck JonesWales Racing AcademyU23+16.01
17116Finn CrockettThe Cycling AcademyST
1829Dan GardnerEmbark Spirit BSSST
19111Jacques CoatesTeam PB PerformanceU23+16.17
2017George WoodCycling SheffieldU23+16.22
DNF34William PerrettEmbark Spirit BSS
DNF136Alfred GeorgeVendee U – Pays de la LoireU23
DNF126William SmithTrinity RacingU23
DNF85William TrueloveROKiT-SRCTU23
DNF106Joseph BlackmoreTeam InspiredU23
DNF57Cai DaviesKalas Motip Race Team
DNF10Charles PaigeBourg Ain CyclismeU23
DNF16James McKayCycling Sheffield
DNF159Michael ChadwickEmbark Spirit BSS
DNF88Harry BirchillSaint PiranU23
DNF82Conor McGoldrickRichardsons Trek DAS
DNF73Jordan GilesPrimera-TeamJobs
DNF45Paul DoubleHuman Powered Health
DNF131Joseph SmithUnattachedU23
DNF141Edward MorganWales Racing Academy
DNF48Luke RoweIneos Grenadiers
DNF53Ben TulettIneos GrenadiersU23
DNF21Dylan HicksDevelopment Team DSMU23
DNF9Mark StewartBolton Equities Black Spoke
DNF102Oliver HurdleStolenGoat Race Team
DNF11Bjoern KoerdtCC EtupesU23
DNF44Noah HobbsGroupama-FDJ La ContiU23
DNF81Matthew LordRichardsons Trek DASU23
DNF83Alex PetersRichardsons Trek DAS
DNF93Adam LewisSaint Piran
DNF31Matthew HoulbergEmbark Spirit BSSU23
DNF84David HirdROKiT-SRCTU23
DNF70Ben PeaseMoonglu Race Team
DNF5Louis SuttonAVC Aix en ProvenceU23
DNF147Jacob SmithWheelbase CabTech CastelliU23
DNF24Simon CarrEF Education – EasyPost
DNF64Joshua GiddingsLotto Dstny Development TeamU23
DNF8Jacob ScottBolton Equities Black Spoke
DNF68Ben GrangerMg.K VIS Colors for Peace VPM
DNF91Lucas JowettSaint PiranU23
DNF134Oliver WoodUnattached
DNF59Cameron McLarenKalas Motip Race Team
DNF55Mason HollymanIsrael – Premier Tech
DNF120Samuel ClarktrainSharp EliteU23
DNF115Adam MitchellTeam U Charente-MaritimeU23
DNF108Andrew NicholsTeam Lifting Gear Products
DNF4Oliver KnightAVC Aix en ProvenceU23
DNF3Jack BroughAVC Aix en ProvenceU23
DNF38Dom JacksonForan CCC
DNF51Joshua TarlingIneos GrenadiersU23
DNF20Josh HousleyDerby CC Webuycycle Huub RT
DNF80Jack CrookRichardsons Trek DAS  
DNF145Lee RosieWheelbase CabTech CastelliU23
DNF87Jenson YoungROKiT-SRCTU23
DNF69Daniel McDermottMoonglu Race Team
DNF62George SpoonerLe Col Race Team
DNF114Daniel BarnesTeam Spectra CannondaleU23
DNF63Rowan BakerLondon DynamoU23
DNF152Alexander PritchardHUUB WattShop
DNF58Sebastian GarryKalas Motip Race Team
DNF60Joseph ReesKalas Motip Race Team
DNF32George KimberEmbark Spirit BSS
DNF18Morris BaconDAP Cycling Club
DNF28Damien ClaytonEmbark Spirit BSS
DNF98Jack Rootkin-GraySaint PiranU23
DNF67Max RushbyMateriel-Velo.ComU23
DNF97William RobertsSaint Piran
DNF146Tim ShoremanWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF144Tom MartinWheelbase CabTech Castelli
DNF118Mattie DoddTirol KTM Cycling TeamU23
DNF123Lukas NerurkarTrinity RacingU23
DNF112Tom PalfreyTeam PB PerformanceU23
DNF132Maximilian StedmanUnattached
DNF160Ciaran McSherryThe Cycling AcademyU23
DNF71Nicholas CooperNordic Sports Academy S. C.
DNF74Ben MillarPrimera-TeamJobs
DNF150Matthew KingstonZappi Racing TeamU23
DNF104Harry MacfarlaneTAAP Endura
DNF23Sam CulverwellDolan Ellesse Race Team
DNF127Callum ThornleyTrinity RacingU23
DNF2Henry LawtonAG2R Citroen U23 TeamU23
DNF121Oliver PeckovertrainSharp Elite
DNF148Dexter Leeming-SykesWold Top The Edge PactimoU23
DNF7Matthew BostockBolton Equities Black Spoke
DNF122Timothy TorrietrainSharp Elite
DNF133Josh WhiteheadUnattached
DNF156Peter CockerRichardsons Trek DAS
DNF135Eugene CrossVelo Schils – Interbike RT
DNF151Sam KettlewellEmbark Spirit BSSU23
DNF96Alexandar RichardsonSaint Piran
DNF27Toby PerryEF Education NIPPO Development
DNF110Nathan SmithTeam Novo Nordisk Development
DNF103Joshua KnowlesTAAP EnduraU23
DNF113Harry PaveleyTeam PB PerformanceU23
DNF157Kieran RileyTeam PB PerformanceU23
DNF79Alexander MacRaeRibble rechrg Race Team
DNF72Luke BarfootPrimera-TeamJobs
DNF13Toby TanfieldClub Ciclista Padronés-Equipo – Alumínios Cortizo
DNF119James BevantrainSharp Elite
DNF139Griff LewisWales Racing AcademyU23
DNF12Lucas TowersCaja Rural – AleaU23
DNF75Nicholas TyriePrimera-TeamJobs
DNF149Joshua RavnWold Top The Edge Pactimo
DNF15Robert ScottCross Team Legendre
DNF90Josh CharltonSaint PiranU23
DNF35Dean WatsonEmbark Spirit BSS
DNF33Samuel PainterEmbark Spirit BSSU23
DNF154Oliver Winwood BratchellPrimera-TeamJobs
DNF94Leon MazzoneSaint Piran