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Cadwell set for British Cycling National Time Trial Championships

Tuesday, June 23 2015

Cadwell Park is set for a pedal-powered two-wheel battle this Thursday (25 June), when the British Cycling National Time Trial Championships takes place at the Lincolnshire venue.

Three champions will be crowned during the event, which kicks offs at 12 noon and will be heralded with the roar of a fly past by the Dakota C-47 from the RAF Battle of Britain flight, which is based at nearby RAF Coningsby. The RAF Scampton-based Red Arrows will also perform one of their iconic fly pasts to welcome home the final rider in the women's championship at approximately 3:11pm, subject to weather conditions.

The championships will get underway at 12 noon with the Under 23 Championship, when Scott Davies will be defending his title on the 21-mile course that takes in the undulating terrain of Cadwell Park and two laps of a seven-mile circuit in the surrounding Lincolnshire Wolds. Davies will face a challenge from Team Wiggins rider Owain Doull, Axeon's Tao Geoghegan Hart and JLT Condor's Harry Tanfield from the 67-strong entry.

The Women's Championship will follow at 1.30pm, and a new champion will be crowned following 2104 winner Emma Pooley's return to Triathlon events. A 56-rider list includes Pearl Izumi rider Katie Archibald, who will be chasing Elinor Barker of Matrix Fitness and multiple Olympic Gold Medal winner Dame Sarah Storey, riding for Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International.

The event concludes with 60 riders competing for the Elite Men's Championship from 4:00pm. They will be combining the circuit section with three laps of the seven-mile external loop for a 28-mile course that could be completed within an hour.

Favourites for this category include Geraint Thomas, Alex Dowsett, James McLaughlin, Matt Bottrill, Mark Christian and Stephen Cummings, who will be the last six riders to start the course, building the event up to a tense climax. There are even rumours that Sir Bradley Wiggins could make a last-minute decision to defend his title, with the Olympic and Tour de France winner's endurance coach recently hinting that he could make an appearance.

The day will start with a 45-minute Cadwell Kermesse cycling course on the full circuit in the morning, and adding to the atmosphere will be 600 schoolchildren performing a mass Samba in the finish area to cheer the first rider home.

The narrow routes in and around the wolds will be a no-parking area on the day, however much of the route can be seen from the natural banking of the spectator areas opposite the finish line. There will also be an electronic timing screen showing the time to beat to keep everyone up to date.

The venue will also have stands providing information on the event, plus souvenirs, sponsors and local organisations. Food and drink will also be available to purchase throughout the day.

Entry to the British Cycling National Time Trial Championships at Cadwell Park on Thursday 25 June is just £12 per car and £8 per motorcycle by advance ticket only. Click here to purchase or for information on the programme of events. Entry is free to all spectators arriving by bicycle.