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British National Championships cancelled for 2020

Joe Robinson
3 Jul 2020

British Cycling scrap 2020 championships as no longer possible to reorganise

The British National Championships have been cancelled for 2020, British Cycling has confirmed.

It was confirmed that racing at National level in the UK, including the National Championships, would be further suspended until 1st September which means it will no longer be possible to re-organise any events that were scheduled to place in spring or summer.

As a result of the postponement, current National Champions will be permitted to continue wearing their striped jerseys until the next editions of the races are held, a measure that was recently confirmed by the UCI.

Team Ineos's Ben Swift is currently the men's road race champion while Alice Barnes of Canyon-Sram holds the women's title. Barnes also holds the women's time-trial title while the men's is held by Alex Dowsett of Israel Start-Up Nation.

Regional racing will be allowed to resume on 1st August as British Cycling said there was no case to extend its postponement, adding that it would be looking to return certain disciplines at the earliest opportunity.

While cyclocross, circuit racing and time-trialling are included, road racing is not. The body also added that road racing will initially return on closed-circuit course rather than point to point.

'We are keenly aware that road racing is the passion of a great number of our members,' British Cycling said in a statement.

'While we were able to reintroduce small club rides on 18th June, we believe there are particular challenges when it comes to reintroducing this discipline as well as other mass-start events on the public highway, including sportives.'

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