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British Elite Road Championships 2009 goes to Kristian House

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Kristian House of Rapha-Condor won the British Road Championships 2009, we gave Chris Froome our “man of the match” award and there was plenty of sunshine.

That’s the British Champs in a nutshell, it really was a great day.

We thought we’d bring you a photo-rich piece from the race, since we took so many pics, and because over 11 hours in a car in one day has somewhat dulled our senses!

British Road Championships 2009
Laydeez an Genulmen…your new champ, Kristian House! Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Kristian took a very fast downhill sprint through the narrow, barriered streets, from Dan Lloyd and Peter Kennaugh. You can see Chris Froome in the background, disappointed with 4th after all his attacking riding. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Chris Froome checks his computer to see how long a lap of the finishing circuit is taking. It was taking him less than nine minutes to do the four hilly miles! Photo©Ed Hood

The Tumble

British Road Championships 2009
Before that though, he and Wiggins blasted the race to bits on the Tumble. We couldn’t believe how fractured it was this early in the race, and discussed whether it added to the race, or helped it reach it’s conclusion prematurely. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
20 seconds after Wiggins and Frooms, Millar sauntered past looking like he was on the way to the shops for the rolls. We were convinced that he was the man for today, and Wiggins was doing the “softening up”. Later though, he said that it was all “smoke and mirrors”. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Ian Stannard and Cav came by, with several others tucked in, including Evan Oliphant. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
At this point on the Tumble, Russ Downing was in the group with Cavendish, but looked to us as if he was struggling to stay in contact. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Chris Newton. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Our pal Matt Brammeier chats to Phil Griffiths. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Suddenly, there’s Hamish Haynes, and he’s going pretty fast! Martin needs to run to make sure he gets his two bottles. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Jon Bellis, here with Deano Downing, found it tough today, and didn’t feature in the second half of the race. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Jez Hunt rode well to get in the chase group, but before that, he suffered like everyone else on the Tumble. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Dan Fleeman spots us and pulls across to say hi. We think he was looking for an expresso. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Another returnee from the continent, Ben Swift, found it a brutal race. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Ex-champ and recent Tour Series winner Rob Hayles didn’t see the front half of the race again after the Tumble. Two months of riding one hour criteriums aren’t the best preparation for this. Photo©Ed Hood

Finishing Circuit

British Road Championships 2009
Once on the finish circuit, Kristian House (front) and young Peter Kennaugh, fresh from a stage win and third overall at the “baby Giro” made the final selection of four riders. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
It was a little odd seeing Mark fend for himself, without a brace of teammates alongside. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Hugh Porter did a great job of whipping up the crowd’s excitement throughout the day. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Cav leads Evan Oliphant, with Ian Stannard still there at this point. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Chris Froome attacked the lead group and got clear three times, building a healthy lead of over 30 seconds with 8 miles to go. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Lap after lap, Chris came past us at the Feed Station on his own, time trialling to the win, or so it seemed. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Riders who had packed today still wanted to help their teammates, rather than slink off to the showers. We liked that. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Here’s Emma Pooley, who finished third yesterday in the Women’s Champs, and won the recent Grande Boucle Feminine Internationale, not to mention 2nd in the Olympics last year. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Froome really attacked the circuit, and took a lot of risks with his cornering, trying to stay clear. A very impressive bike rider. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Having said that, House, Lloyd and Kennaugh weren’t hanging around either. Photo©Martin Williamson
British Road Championships 2009
Organiser Gary Baker and his team worked on the preparation for this weekend’s racing for over nine months, and it showed. It was clear that everything had been thought about, and it all went very smoothly. We anticipated the usual “getting creds” issues, á la Tour de France, but Gary made it very easy for us. We have never seen so many motos on a race outside of the Tour, it was all very thorough and professional, and did British Cycling and the competitors proud. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Cav and Hammond came across the line smiling and resigned to 5th and 6th place. Photo©Ed Hood
British Road Championships 2009
Cav shows his, er, typical cyclist’s physique. Photo©Ed Hood