The UK’s best cyclists will cross the finish line in Wolverhampton at the British Cycling National Championships Road Race this summer.

The 2020 British National Road Race Championships will begin on Thursday 18 June with the under 23s and Elite time trials, with a circuit around North Warwickshire starting and finishing in Atherstone Town Centre. 

The races will take place on Saturday 20 June starting at Centenary Square in Birmingham and ending in Queens Square in the heart of Wolverhampton for a city centre finish.

This prestigious event will see Britain’s best cyclists in a road race across the Midlands to be crowned the National Champion for 2020. 

Past winners include Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield, said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic national event.

“It is fitting for our city as we have a huge pedigree in cycling thanks to the likes of 4 times world champion and commonwealth gold medal winner Hugh Porter MBE, and our proud heritage in cycle manufacturing.

“These championships will also be a great way to encourage more people to get involved in cycling and exercise.

“It will attract more visitors to our city centre, which can only be good for our local economy, and will give us national and international exposure.”

Hugh Porter MBE, one of Britain's greatest former professional cyclists, from Wolverhampton said: “It’s music to my ears that the championships are coming to Wolverhampton.

“Wolverhampton is where the first road race finished from Llangollen in 1942.

 “The national championships coming here is long overdue.

“I remember watching the great races as a young boy in Wolverhampton and the professional national championships finished in Tettenhall.

“I hope this event will inspire youngsters to take up the sport and hopefully cyclists will be encouraged to enter the ‘Round the Wrekin’ sportive to raise money for a good cause, Compton Care. 

“I hope people will come out to enjoy the action on the day and celebrate the races coming to our city.” 

Cherry Shine, Director of Enjoy Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID). "It is fantastic news that such a prestigious event is coming to Wolverhampton. 

“For the finish line to be at the heart of our city centre in Queen Square is great news for our businesses. 

“We look forward to the additional footfall that the event will bring, and businesses will be ready to serve the spectators and cyclists through the weekend long activities." 

To find out more about the 2020 British Road Race Championships, and the course routes, visit British Cycling.