Geraint Thomas will be among the star attractions as Northumberland hosts the National Road Championships

BRITAIN’S fastest cyclists are set to head north of the Tyne this summer as British Cycling reveals Northumberland will host the 2018 National Road Championships.

The races will form part of the annual Cyclone Festival of Cycling where, among a number of leisure rides open to the public, fans can see the Men’s and Women’s champions crowned in both Road Racing and Time Trial disciplines.

British Cycling’s director Jonny Clay admits he’s elated to be back in Northumberland for the first time since 2011 when track and road cycling legend Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour De France a year later, took victory over Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh.

“We are thrilled to be heading to the North East for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar,” he told British Cycling.

“There is a great passion for cycling with thousands of people turning out to watch whenever there are cycling races in the area.

“It should be a fantastic weekend and showcase of everything that is great about the region. Whether you want to watch the racing or take part in a sportive, there is something for all fans.”

Festival organiser Peter Harrison says he’s anticipating higher numbers than ever as the championships return after six years away.

“This year’s festival is going to be a lot bigger than it’s ever been,” he told SportsByte. “I’ve been involved for the past 12 years and this year looks to be very popular.

“Northumbria Tourism estimates that the event brings in close to £1.5 million for the local economy, so with the British National Road Races that should be even higher.”

“I was actually in hospital from a crash in Spain last time the championships were here, and I had to organise it from hospital with about 30 broken bones in my body!

As a fan and himself a keen cyclist, Harrison also revealed his tips for victory in the 2018 race.

“I think Geraint Thomas could give everyone a good run, as well as the Yates brothers and Peter Kennaugh if they’re there. Lizzie Deignan has said she’ll be defending her title as well, so the racing is going to be great.”

The Cyclone Festival of Cycling and British National Road Championships will be held June 28 – July 1. More information can be found at