Ryedale Grand Prix 2012 – Preview
Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography
The 2012 British Cycling National Road Championships promises to be like no other. Sunday June 24th will be your chance to watch the current World Road Race Champion on a British road. The other being the Olympic Road Race in Surrey at the end of July.
Sky Pro Cycling’s Mark Cavendish is listed on the provisional start sheet, and has to be the bookies favourite to take the title. Sky Pro Cycling field a number of potential winners for the 2012 title, but Bradley Wiggins won’t be defending his 2011 victory.
Alex Dowsett, Chris Froome, Jeremy Hunt, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Geraint Thomas (Sky Pro Cycling) all stand a chance of claiming the title, but with Cavendish in the pack and not as isolated as usual, he will be the one to beat.
Other likely contenders include former Champion, Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) who is showing good form in the Halfords Tour Series. Team mate Andrew Tennant can never be ruled out. There is also the likes of Adam Blythe (Team BMC), Yanto Barker (Team UK Youth), Jonathon Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) and former Sky man Russell Downing (Endura Racing).
The race will be played out, around a double circuit of North Yorkshire’s Ampleforth. 183 kilometres in total passes through the village no less than nine times, giving spectators an opportunity to see the race develop.
In the Women’s race, current National Champion Lizzie Armitstead will defend her 2011 title. Run on the smaller circuit, the women will cover six laps totalling 107 kilometres. Lizzie has several team mates around her including former champion Emma Pooley, along with Sharon Laws and Lucy Martin (AA Drink Leontien.nl).
Ten times champion Nicole Cooke (Team Faren – Honda) will be looking to steal back the title. Whilst Emma Trott (Dolmans Boels), Sarah Storey (Escentual For VioRed), Katie Colclough (HTC-High Road), Hannah Barnes (Team Ibis Cycles) and Catherine Williamson (Team Bizhub-SCF) will be in with a chance of glory as well.
Both races also include the U23 National Road Race Championships
The Women’s race starts at 9.15am and the Men’s race at 13.45pm.
The men’s race will be recorded for television.
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