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British Cycling announces venue for 2018 British Road National Championships

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National Champs return to Northumberland in 2018

Lizzie Deignan won her fourth British road race title in 2017

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British Cycling has announced that the 2018 British Road National Championships will be held in Northumberland between June 28 and July 1, forming part of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling.

The Championships will take place in Northumberland for the first time since 2011, when Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead took the road race titles, and will once again incorporate the Beaumont Trophy and the Curlew Cup from the domestic calendar.

The courses for the road races (which will both take place on July 1) are yet to be officially announced, but will almost certainly involve multiple laps of the 35km circuit near Stamfordham which includes the infamous Ryals climb, a series of steep ramps on a dead-straight road, topping out at a maximum gradient of 22 per cent.

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The time trial events (which will take place on June 28) were not held at the same time as the national championship road races in 2011, so it is not clear what sort of course the organisers will offer up to the riders.

The professional races will form part of the wider Cyclone Festival of Cycling, which includes rides for families through the centres of Newcastle and Gateshead on June 29, and a sportive event on June 30 which offers routes of

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