The 2023 National Track Championships will once again be held in the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in Newport, from January 26-29.
The best British riders will go head-to-head for a chance to win the coveted red, white, and blue national champions’ jerseys, with amateurs rubbing shoulders with Olympic and Paralympic heroes in a bid for glory.
Last year’s event was the first to take place outside of Manchester since 1994, and saw the likes of Olympic silver medallist Jack Carlin, current world Hour Record holder Dan Bigham, and triple Commonwealth Games medallist Neah Evans take home national titles.
Welsh athletes in particular shone on their home track, with golds for the men’s team pursuit and women’s team sprint squads, as well as points race gold for Josh Tarling and an incredible display of speed and power from Rhian Edmunds in the sprint.
Double champion from the 2022 championships, Rhian Edmunds, said: “I’m really excited to race at Newport again in the National Track Championships. Being from Newport and winning two national jerseys on my home track was really special last year – there is nothing like a Welsh crowd to drive you home and I cannot wait to try and retain my titles this year, alongside my Team Wales teammates.”
Further details on ticketing, the schedule, and how fans can watch the event from home will be confirmed in due course.
British Cycling’s Head of Sports and Major Events, Jonathan Day, said: “We’re looking forward to returning to Newport in January after such a successful championships earlier this year. Once again, we’re incredibly thankful for the support of Newport Live, Newport City Council, and colleagues at Welsh Cycling in bringing the national championships to Wales for a second time, showcasing the best of British track racing.
“With next year’s UCI Cycling World Championships now just around the corner, fans will be able to see an incredibly high standard of competition, and as always it will be a great opportunity for the stars of tomorrow to make their mark.”
Andrea Ovey, Director of Business Development at Newport Live, said: “Working with our partners at Newport City Council and British Cycling, we are thrilled to have the opportunity of hosting this elite event once again. We’re looking forward to welcoming the very best of British riders and cycling fans to the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales and to be part of history in the making.”
Welsh Cycling’s Chief Executive Officer Anne Adams-King, said: “Welsh Cycling are really excited to see the National Track Championships coming back to Wales and the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales for a second year in a row. It was a great event in 2021 and we hope the event will attract the local community of Newport and help inspire younger people to have a go at track cycling.”
Header image: Rhian Edmunds of Team Wales celebrates winning the Women’s Team Pursuit at the 2022 British National Track Championship, held in the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, Newport. Credit: Will Palmer/SWpix.com