National Championships

We are incredibly excited to announce a landmark partnership agreement with British Cycling that will see Vélo Birmingham & Midlands play host to the prestigious HSBC UK | National Road Championships in the West Midlands for 2020!

Running from the 18th-20th June 2020, the championships will now form part of the UK’s second biggest closed road cycling event, generating a wealth of benefits for both events.

With Britain’s best male and female riders set to go head to head in a time trial within Warwickshire and a road race from Birmingham to Wolverhampton, aligning the historic championships alongside Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 will deliver an unrivalled week of world class cycling within the Midlands, enabling amateur riders and their professional counterparts to experience the thrill of riding on closed roads in front of huge crowds.

Dating back to 1951, the HSBC UK | National Road Championships has a long and proud history. With former winners including Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Deignan and Nicole Cooke, the 2020 HSBC UK | National Road Championships will once again host some of the world’s most decorated professional riders as they battle to be crowned national champion and earn the right to wear their national colours in the peloton for the year ahead.

With the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022, the national championships will give the region a flavour of what to expect from a high profile and competitive cycling event. Crowds are expected to come out in their tens of thousands to line the streets and cheer on the riders, creating a celebratory feel right throughout the region.

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands participants, volunteers and supporters will now be immersed within one of the biggest weekends of cycling on the UK calendar. With the start of the men’s and women’s elite and under-23 road races being adjacent to the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands Rider Registration in Centenary Square, participants will have front row seats to see the professionals set off before taking part in their own 100 or 45 mile challenge on closed roads the following day.



Time Trials – Thursday 18th June 2020

Start Location – Market Square, Atherstone, CV9 1ET

U23 Men’s

Distance – 23.6km
Elevation Gain – 280m

Elite Women’s

Distance – 23.6km
Elevation Gain – 280m

Elite Men’s

Distance – 41.4km
Elevation Gain – 480m

U23 Women’s

Distance – 23.6km
Elevation Gain – 280m

Road Races – Saturday 20th June 2020

Start Location – Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 1HQ

Finish Location – Wolverhampton City Centre, Queen Square WV1 4NH

Elite & U23 Women

Start Time – 09:00 (subject to change)
Distance – 136.3km (including 13km neutral)
Elevation Gain – 1,285m

Elite & U23 Men

Start Time – 15:00 (subject to change)
Distance – 172.7km (including 13km neutral)
Elevation Gain – 1,580m


To find out more about the HSBC UK | National Road Championships, please visit the British Cycling website by clicking on the button below.