Norfolk to host 2019 HSBC UK National Road Championships in 2019 as part of the Great British Cycling Festival

12 November 2018

Norfolk County Council and Active Norfolk have confirmed that the renowned 2019 HSBC UK National Road Championships are to be held in Norfolk in June 2019.  The tournament will take place on the first day of the British Cycling Festival which will also include a new Norfolk city to coast 100 mile closed road cycling event.

The events will form part of the Great British Cycling Festival, with amateur cyclists again being given the opportunity to ride the same closed-road course as the professionals, creating a true celebration of cycling at all levels.

A 100-mile sportive will take place on the Sunday, with riders of all abilities able to challenge themselves on the elite course.  As well as this, we will see a Family ride, which will give families chance to enjoy the event atmosphere while taking to their own bikes and riding on a closed road circuit around the city.

With the British Cycling Championships heralding winners such as Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in recent years, the event next year is likely to attract in excess of 100,000 visitors to the region.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Norfolk County Council said:  “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with British Cycling and organisers, Golazo Cycling, to host the National Road Cycling Championships in Norfolk in June next year. 

Since our Pushing Ahead cycling and walking initiative launched in 2016, we’ve encouraged more people to get on their bikes and engage in active travel across the county.  Hosting such a prestigious cycling event will only help inspire more people to consider cycling as an alternative way to get around.

Whether it’s watching the championships, taking part in the Great British Cycling Sportive, participating in the community and family events that will be held during the festival, or just coming along to spectate, Norfolk residents will have a great time. 

We anticipate the event will attract a huge number of visitors to the county, which will not only bring in additional revenue for local businesses county wide but will introduce many new visitors to Norfolk.”

Jonathan Rigby, British Cycling’s Commercial Director, said:  “We’re thrilled to confirm the award of the 2019 HSBC UK | National Road Championships to Norfolk.  The championships are the flagship event of our road racing calendar, and the list of previous winners – which includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Kenny, Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Deignan and Mark Cavendish - gives some indication of the prestige of the event.

 “While these championships represent the pinnacle of domestic road racing, they are also a celebration of cycling as a whole.  We’re delighted to again be staging mass participation rides alongside the elite races, and are pleased to have linked up with Active Norfolk, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, all of whom share our ambition to make our communities fitter, greener and healthier through increased levels of cycling.”

Ben Jones, Director of Active Norfolk, said:  “We are pleased to be supporting British Cycling in bringing this prestigious event to Norfolk.  We look forward to working with our partners in Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council, North Norfolk District Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to ensure that all cyclists taking part in the activities enjoy the fantastic events that are lined up. 

We hope this unique opportunity to take part in a fun sportive and view world class road racing cyclists will encourage new people to take up cycling, whether that’s for active commuting to work or as a fun family activity.  There are many health and wellbeing benefits to cycling, and we are lucky to have excellent cycling infrastructure that enables cyclists to get around safely. We look forward to seeing lots of spectators coming out and supporting the riders and all the participants at these exciting events!”

Ride in the wheel tracks of the elite riders by being part of the Great British Cycling Festival sportive.

Pre-registration opens on Saturday 24 November, which allows for you to take advantage of priority entry before places go on General Sale. Visit www.gbcyclingfestival.co.uk to find out more and to register your details.

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