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British Elite Road Race Championships 2018 goes to Connor Swift

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Four men – counting the one behind the camera – their mission, to eat as many sandwiches, scotch eggs and sausage rolls as possible in one afternoon, whilst soaking up the sun, roadside at the British Elite Road Race Championships 2018 in Northumberland.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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We didn’t linger too long at the start, not wanting to get trapped by the closed roads.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) seemed like a good bet for today after his strong performances at the Tour of the Reservoir – but alas, it was not to be.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Finding the parcours among the rabbit warren of wee Northumberland lanes took a bit of Googling and head scratching.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Sky on-point the first time we caught the race, the ‘dog leg’ en route the circuit; was it going to be their usual lap one Blitzkrieg, leaving everyone in the ‘red’ before going on to dominate things?

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Aero guru and multiple British champion on the track and TT’s, Dan Bigham (Ribble) was well there and would end the day as king of the mountains.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Big engine Harry Tanfield (Canyon) was having a nitemare though, an early mechanical saw him chasing hard before they’d even made the circuit.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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We set up camp over the top of the big climb of the day and the break was already established on lap one with big hitters Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue) and Ben Swift (UAE) there but Madison Genesis were the men with the motivation and driving hard.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Early days; but there were some big names trapped back in the bunch – Ian Stannard (Sky) and Mark McNally to name but two; McNally’s Wanty strip adding a bit of Flemish colour to the north east of England.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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JLT Condor’s Alistair Slater was back in the cars but would get back up after a tough chase.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Meanwhile, Harry called ‘time !’ a man can only do so much.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Lap two and it was still the Madison Genesis boys on the front, those Pro Conti and World Tour names not frightening them.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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Sole Sky man in the break, Owain Doull was taking on some nutrition and considering his options.

British Elite Road Race Championships 2018
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‘Behent’, as we say in Fife, Sky were working hard to try to get the break back, Doull being there or not.