A host of World Tour riders are on the start list for the British National Time Trial Championship which will be decided in Northumberland on Thursday. Steve Cummings defends both titles (time trial and road race) he won twelve months ago on the Isle of Man.
Ribble Pro Cycling’s Dan Bigham is also hoping to make a big impression after winning the RTTC National Circuit Time Trial title earlier in the month. Dan is joined in the Ribble line-up of seven riders by Commonwealth Games track medallist John Archibald, David Hewett, Gruff Lewis, Jack Rees and Simon Wilson while Will Corbett and Zeb Kyffin contest the Under-23 title (Men 3 laps, U23 2 laps).
Our video preview of the time trial lap
Time trial start times from:
11.00 – Women’s championship.
13.45 – Under-23 men’s championship.
17.00 – Men’s championship.
14:17 @willcorbett123 (U23)
14:22 @zebkyffin (U23)
Also among the favourites on the start list for Thursday are Messrs Dowsett; Thomas; Tanfield (Harry); and outsider Geoghegan-Hart so the battle for the medals and national champion’s jersey is going to be intense.
Ribble team riders have been training on the course during the week and their ride data can be found on Strava (check Dan Bigham’s Tuesday recon here) . If you study the lap closely you might notice that one or two jokingly named Strava segments have also appeared on the circuit which name check a couple of medal contenders.
The team will race on the new Ribble Ultra TT bike.