Everything you need to know about the Great British Cycling Festival in Norfolk this weekend

The Great British Cycling Festival is coming to Norfolk. Credit: British Cycling

One of the biggest cycling events in the country will be staged in Norfolk over the next few days.

The Great British Cycling Festival is a mass celebration of the sport, and both elite and amateur riders will be taking part.

Here is everything you need to know....

  • National Championships Time trials (Thursday 27 June)

Hannah Barnes (centre) is the defending women's champion. Credit: PA

The highlight of the first day will be the men's and women's time trials which will be staged at the Sandringham estate.

The event will see elite riders set off individually from the estate and make their way through the surrounding villages as they attempt to make it back in the quickest possible time.

The men's race will take place over 25 miles, while the women's version is slightly shorter at around 17 miles.

The men's under 23s will kick things off at 10am before the elite women take centre take just after midday.

The elite men will then take to the course at around 3.30pm and the day will end with the women's u23s race just before 6pm.

Northamptonshire's Hannah Barnes is the defending women's champion after she finished just ahead of her sister Alice last year, and she will be hopeful of defending her title.

In the men's race, Geraint Thomas won't be able to win the title for a second year running as he instead focusses on getting fit for the Tour de France, which means Essex rider Alex Dowsett could be in with a good chance of going one step better than last year when he finished second.

  • National Championships Road Race (Sunday 30 June)

Mark Cavendish is due to take part in the men's road race. Credit: PA

Sunday's road races will start and finish in Norwich City centre.

Professional riders will take in towns and villages like Wroxham, North Walsham and Wells as they wind their way through the Norfolk countryside before eventually making it to the finishing line back in Norwich.

The women's route is just over 83 miles, while the men's course is 125 miles.

Reigning men’s champion Connor Swift will be aiming to defend his title, while former world champion Mark Cavendish is bound to be a big draw for crowds.

As for the women, Hannah Barnes will be hopeful of being there of thereabouts - especially with Jess Roberts and Lizzie Deignan not competing.

If that wasn't enough, amateur riders will be able to test themselves on a 100-mile route similar to the men's race, called the 'British Cycling Challenge 100', which will get underway from Chapelfield Gardens at 9.30am.

Road closures will start at 4am and are likely to continue for most of the day, with the elite men getting underway at 9am, and the elite women taking to the course at 2.30pm.

  • Let's Ride (Sunday 30 June)

Norwich city centre will be closed to traffic for a time on Sunday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Families will also be able to take part in a fun-filled day of cycling in Norwich on Sunday called 'Let's Ride'.

Between 9.30am and 12.30pm, roads in the city centre will be closed to traffic so that people can enjoy the sights and sounds from their bikes.

The event will begin and end at Chapelfield Gardens and there will also be local street food and live music on offer.