With the drama and excitement of the 2017 British Cycling National Road Championships still fresh in our minds, Leisure Lakes Bikes, a road bikes stockist, has reflected on how the action unravelled on the Isle of Man:

How the 2017 National Road Championships were shaped

Thursday June 22nd saw the 2017 National Road Championships get underway with the time trial championships, which was followed by the road race championships on Sunday June 25th.

Set on identical routes and covering the same distance, the under-23 men’s and women’s time trial events were the first competitions of the event. Starting and finishing at Tynwald Hill, in St John’s, entrants worked their way around one lap of a 13.8-mile loop which goes clockwise up to Kirk Michael, before turning and going south to Ballig (it’s the same route as the Isle of Man TT course), and then back towards St John’s. While the men’s race took place on the exact same route as the other time trial events, they needed to complete two laps in order to get a time and so were required to race for 27.6 miles. Team Wiggins’ Scott Davies won the under-23 men’s race in a time of 28:20:33, while Claire Rose of Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling claimed the women’s time trial title in a time of 32:11:32 and Stephen Cummings of Team Dimension Data the men’s time trial crown in a time of 57:18:66.

The action continued with the road races three days later. The women’s race began that day’s proceedings, with the start line located at the TT Grandstand in Douglas. From there, riders completed a lap of the 37.7-mile-long Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Course — the Snaefell mountain road climb was a part of this route that entrants needed to pay particular attention to. There were then six laps of a 4.5-mile clockwise finishing circuit to undertake once back in Douglas, before crossing the finish line that was set out alongside the start line at the TT Grandstand.

Those who watched the women’s road race will have been very familiar with the setting of the men’s event — it was almost identical bar the fact the men had to complete two more laps of the main circuit and an extra ten laps of the finish circuit. As such, the men’s race encompassed 120.6 miles of tarmac, while those in the women’s race were tasked with completing 64.45 miles for their event. Boels Dolmans Cycling Team’s Elizabeth Deignan won the women’s road race in a time of 2:44:18, while Stephen Cummings completed a prestigious double at the 2017 National Road Championships by winning the men’s road race in a time of 4:28:49.

The esteemed company that the 2017 winners join

Scott Davies, Claire Rose, Stephen Cummings and Elizabeth Deignan join very esteemed company in the cycling world by winning a race at the 2017 National Road Championships. This is because all of these Olympians hold victories at this event over the years…

Olympians with wins in the men’s road race

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
​Roger Hammond2003, 2004Represented Great Britain at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
​David Millar2007Represented Great Britain at the 2000 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Geraint Thomas2010Gold medal winner at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
​Sir ​Bradley Wiggins2011Gold medal winner at the 2004, 2008 (double Gold), 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
​Ian Stannard2012Represented Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Mark Cavendish2013Bronze medal winner at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Olympians with wins in the under-23 men’s road race

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
Paul Manning1996Gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics and silver medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Peter Kennaugh2008, 2009Gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 

Olympians with wins in the women’s road race

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
Nicole Cooke2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009Gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Emma Pooley2010Silver medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Lizzie Armitstead2011, 2013, 2015Silver medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
​Sharon Laws2012Represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Laura Trott2014Double gold medal winner at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Olympians with wins in the under-23 women’s road race

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
Nikki Harris2007Represented Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Joanna Rowsell2008Gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Lizzie Armitstead2009, 2010Silver medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Laura Trott2011, 2013, 2014Double gold medal winner at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Olympians with wins in the men’s time trial

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
Stuart Dangerfield1998, 2001, 2003, 2005Represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Chris Newton1999, 2000Silver medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
​David Millar2007Represented Great Britain at the 2000 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
​Sir Bradley Wiggins2009, 2010, 2014Gold medal winner at the 2004, 2008 (double Gold), 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Olympians with wins in the women’s time trial

CompetitorYear(s) wonOlympics feat(s)
Ceris Gilfillan2000Represented Great Britain at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
​Yvonne McGregor2001Bronze medal winner when representing Great Britain at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Wendy Houvenaghel2003, 2007, 2011, 2012Silver medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
​Rebecca Romero2006Gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
​Sharon Laws2008Represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Emma Pooley2009, 2010, 2014Represented Great Britain at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Joanna Rowsell2013Gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.