British Cycling National Champs 2016- 29/06/2016 -
ONE Pro Cycling returned to Stockton for the National Road Race to decide who would be crowned the new 2016 British National Champion of the road.
A gruelling 207km course took the riders away from Stockton to complete 12 laps of a 13.6km circuit around the picturesque village of Thorpe Thewles before charging back into Stockton for six laps of the 6.7km town centre finishing circuit.
After 40km a leading group of 8 riders was established. Not wanting to be left out, another group of 8 individuals broke off the front of the peloton and bridged across to the leaders creating a strong lead group of 16 including ‘The Dude’ Kristian House. The members of ONE Pro Cycling that were positioned in the large chase group made the decision to try and bridge to the front of the race, taking with them, Chris Opie.
Making their way into Stockton and onto the finishing circuit, the leading group of 4 was managing to hold a 22 second advantage over what was left of the initial break including ‘Kristian House. Gritting their teeth and riding hard, the chasers managed to catch the leaders with 3 small laps remaining, leaving 12 riders to battle it out over the final 20km to decide the National Champion. Entering the last kilometre, House made a daring move and attacked off the front of the group with 600m to go, burying himself on the way to the line but to no avail as he was quickly closed down in the frantic sprint to the line. In the end an impressive finish from Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) saw him take a narrow victory over Cavendish (Dimension Data).