Man cycling in the National Circuit Championships
  • Date: 21st July 2019
  • Location: Rochester
  • Cost: Free

The historic cobbled streets of Rochester will be taken over by bikes on Sunday 21 July as Medway plays host to some of the nation’s top riders.

British Cycling has chosen Rochester for the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships 2019, one of the highlights of the national road racing calendar for the UK’s top elite male and female riders.

The riders will race on a looping 1.6km course around the heart of Rochester, starting and finishing on the Esplanade.

Previous winners of the race include World and Olympic champions.

To celebrate hosting this exciting event, we are staging the Medway Big Ride Festival, giving the people of Medway and visiting cycling enthusiasts and invited club riders the chance to ride on the race route and enjoy a festival celebrating all things two wheeled.

Find out more about the National Circuit Championships

What's on

An event village will open in Rochester Castle Gardens from 12 noon.

Club and mass participation rides will take place on the race route during the afternoon.

The event will come to a close with the elite races.

The elite women’s race will be at 5pm and men’s race at 6.30pm.

At Castle Gardens there will also be:

  • family activities
  • a pump track
  • stunt shows
  • British Cycling Go Ride
  • Ready Set Ride skills
  • trade stalls, food and much more

Spectators can then line the streets to cheer on the professional riders as they bid for glory in the Circuit Championships. The championships will be broadcast live online and filmed for a television highlights programme.

Get involved

Before the main races there will be a Big Ride mass participation ride from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on all but a small part of the race course.

Places will be limited. Helmets must be worn.

Register for the Big Ride

Information for local residents

To ensure the safety of spectators and competitors taking part in the National Circuit Championships, as well as the Medway Mile, road closure orders have been put in place in and around Rochester town centre between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July 2019.

Residents will be unable to park or move their vehicles on certain roads at particular times.

Details of how each road is affected are below.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause throughout the weekend.

Due to the impact of preparations for the cycling event, we have arranged for alternative parking to be provided for residents living on or inside the race route.

Letters have been delivered to affected residents with information about how to apply for a permit. If you did not receive your letter please email

Download the route map for the Medway Mile, the Medway Big Ride and the HSBC UK British Cycling National Circuit Championships.

Road closures

Vehicles parked on the main highway of the following roads need to be moved by 10pm on Saturday 20 July. It is anticipated that the roads will be reopened by 10pm on Sunday 21 July when residents can move their vehicles back:

  • Baker’s Walk
  • Bishops Walk and including The Chimes
  • Boley Hill and including Satis House,
  • Castle Hill and including Castle View Mews, Moat House, Telford House, Merton, Castle Moat
  • Crow Lane and including Kings Mews, Coachmans Mews, Castle Gate House, Crow Corner buildings and Eden Mews
  • Epaul Lane
  • High Street and including Faraday House, Century Mews, Century Court, Phoenix House
  • Lockington Grove
  • Northgate
  • St Margaret’s Mews
  • St Margaret’s Street
  • The Esplanade

Vehicles can be left in the following roads, but residents will be unable to move their vehicles between 6am and 10pm on Sunday 21 July:

  • La Providence
  • Love Lane and including Bishopscourt Gardens
  • Minor Canon Row
  • The Precinct and including Deanery Gate, King’s Orchard, Priors Gate House, College Yard
  • Eastgate Court
  • Eastgate Terrace

Public information sessions

We have organised 3 public information sessions in case you have any queries about the HSBC UK | National Circuit Championships:

  • Wednesday 19 June: 12noon to 1.30pm at the Visitor Information Centre, Rochester High Street
  • Monday 24 June: 5pm to 6.30pm at the Corn Exchange (bar area)
  • Tuesday 2 July: 12noon to 1.30pm at the Visitor Information Centre, Rochester High Street

For more information email

Big Ride 2019