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Championship brings cycling celebrities to Abergavenny

Monmouthshire will play host to the championship for the second time in five years Credit: Monmouthshire County Council

Cycling superstars such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will descend upon Abergavenny next week for the annual British Cycling National Road Race Championship. It will be the second time in five years that the competition has come to Wales.

Britain's best cyclist will battle it out for a chance of bagging the prestigious jersey Credit: Monmouthshire County Council

It will be Bradley Wiggins's second cycle on the infamous 'Tumble' track which saw him in a head to head race against Chris Froome in 2009.

The event takes places around Tumble Mountain with the course trekking 400 metres above sea level in under three miles.

The championship kicks off from the 26th of June.

Wiggins, Trott & Thomas head National Champs start list

Sir Bradley Wiggins will be part of the team heading to Monmouthshire later this month Credit: Sirotti/PA Images

British Cycling has revealed a star-studded entry list for the British national road race championship and time trial that will be held in Monmouthshire later this month.

An almost full quota of British stars including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, David Millar, Lizzie Armitstead and Laura Trott as well as Welsh riders Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe has been announced for the race which will precede the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire on 5th July.

The only major absentee is Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome who has not yet added his name to the entry list.

The four day event will see Britain's best battle it out over mens and women's time trial courses around the roads of Monmouthshire on Thursday 26th June before the mens' and women's road races take place on Sunday 29th June.

There will also be an opportunity for the public to get a taste of the course in a mass participation ride on Saturday 28th.

In the men's road race, Mark Cavendish will defend the title he won last year, with home rider Geraint Thomas amongst those tipped to fight for the British Champion's jersey. In the women's race, defending champion Lizzie Armitstead is aiming for the third national title of her career.


Cycling's Tour of Britain 2014 includes two days in Wales

Cyclists during stage eight of the competition last year Credit: PA

The organisers behind this year's Tour of Britain cycling event have revealed the details of their route, which includes two days in Wales.

The Grand Depart takes place in Liverpool, followed by an excursion into Wales, with stage two finishing in Llandudno sea front.

The hilly 150-kilometre mid-Wales route from Newtown finishes atop The Tumble, above Abergavenny, which is also the central location for June's British Championships.

The 6km climb has an average gradient of 7.2 per cent, so is sure to test even the world’s best climbers, some of whom were at the Tour of Britain in 2013.

It is by no means the only part of the race which will provide a test and excitement as the route contains numerous challenges for the riders.

The Tour of Britain will take place over eight stages, and will run between September 7th and 14th.

65% rise in people cycling to work in Cardiff

The number of people cycling to work in Cardiff rose by 65% between 2001 and 2011, Census figures show.

The figures showed the average commute was taking longer Credit: PA

The numbers cycling to work in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all increased by more than 80%

The figures also showed that the numbers cycling to work declined in more than half (202 out of 348) of local authorities across England and Wales since 2001.

Merthyr Tydfil came bottom of the list, with 0.3% of its working population travelling to work by bike.


Geraint Thomas takes Paris-Nice lead

Geraint Thomas has taken the overall lead at the first major European stage race of the UCI World Tour season, Paris-Nice.

The Cardiff-born rider finished the day's fourth stage in second place behind Dutch Garmin Sharp rider Tom-Jelte Slagter to take the overall lead ahead of Germany's John Degenkolb by three seconds.

Geraint Thomas pictured in 2013 Credit: Press Association

Thomas's Team Sky rode from the front of the peloton throughout the closing 40km before the reigning Olympic track champion broke free of the lead group alongside Slagter, the pair holding on to fight out a sprint finish.

The ride means Thomas holds the slim overall lead at the halfway stage of the race and adds further to his reputation as a Grand Tour General Classification contender of the future.

Welsh cyclists compete in World Track Championships

The Championships get underway today Credit: ITV News

The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships start in Cali, Colombia today.

Welsh riders Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are all taking part in the competition, which runs until Sunday.

Unlike the Olympic Games the World Championships features a full programme of events including:


•Team sprint

•Individual pursuit

•Team pursuit

•Madison (men only)

•Scratch race

•Points race



•Time trial

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