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Olympic champions lead line-up for HSBC UK National Circuit Championships in Sheffield

5 July 2017

Olympic champions Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald and Ed Clancy have been confirmed to race at the forthcoming HSBC UK National Circuit Championships, taking place in Sheffield city centre on Wednesday 19 July.

Four former male champions, including three-time winner Russell Downing, will be trying to reclaim the title, while reigning champion Eileen Roe will defend her women’s crown.

The event, one of the highlights of the elite road racing calendar, will see some of Britain’s best cyclists go head-to-head for the coveted national titles.

The women’s race, which has previously been won by the likes of Lizzie Deignan, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Hannah Barnes, will feature Barker and Archibald – two of Great Britain’s victorious team pursuit quartet from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The men’s event, which lists Mark Cavendish amongst its former winners, will see Downing lining up against JLT Condor teammates and fellow former winners Clancy, Ian Bibby and Graham Briggs.

South Yorkshire-born Downing said: “The race is five days after my wedding, but I wouldn’t miss the championships for the world, especially with them being staged in Sheffield. I really like the course and have ridden well there before.

“It has been a difficult few weeks after breaking my collarbone in the Tour de Yorkshire. But I’m getting better every race and with a home crowd in the Steel City, I’m really up for these championships.”

The racing will take place on a 1.4-kilometre course that starts and finishes on Pinstone Street, outside Sheffield Town Hall. The women’s race will begin at 6:30pm, with the men’s race starting at 8pm.

Event organiser Marc Etches said: “I’m extremely proud to bring the National Circuit Championships to my home city of Sheffield.

“The support we have from Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield City Council is amazing and this will help bring a fantastic night of elite level cycle racing to the streets of Sheffield.”

Full details of the championships and the course can be found on the British Cycling website here.