NEWPORT’S Jon Mould sets his sights on winning the Welsh Cycling Road Race Championships on Sunday, June 5.

More than 130 cyclists from across the country will converge on Llandrindod Wells and battle to be crowned Welsh Champion for 2016.

The 17-mile circuit departs Llandrindod Wells Youth Club in the direction of Newtown, to Rhayader and Builth Wells before the completion of the circuit.

Defending champion Stephen Williams (JLT Condor) will be looking to secure his second Welsh title on the mid-Wales course, but will face tough competition in a strong championship field.

Mould (JLT Condor) won the 2015 British Cycling Elite Circuit Series title in August last August before leaving ONE Pro Cycling.

He has been a member of British Cycling’s Olympic Academy Programme since 2010 and represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014.

He has previously won the British National Team Pursuit Championships in 2008 and the Madison races at the 2009 European Junior Track Championships and the 2009 British Championships.

In 2011 Mould won the omnium and the scratch races at the National Track Championships and he repeated the feat in 2013, when he also claimed first place in the Welsh National Road Race Championships and the Welsh National Criterium Championships.

Dale Appleby and Rob Partridge (both NFTO) have put in solid performances in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and will also challenge Williams for his title.

The senior men will complete five laps of the circuit, while the women and masters and junior women will complete three laps.

The senior men will depart at 11am, and the women, masters and junior women will depart at 11.15am.

With the absence of Janet Rees, there will be a new Women’s champion.

The Road Championships are preceded by the Welsh Cycling Time Trial Championships on Saturday, June 4.

There will be 45 riders testing themselves on the 13.6mile course in Rhayader with titles in men, women, masters and junior men categories. The first rider is off at 11am.

Anne Adams-King, chief executive officer at Welsh Cycling said: “There is an exciting line-up for this years’ championships, which will provide a thrilling race for spectators.

“Combining the road and time trial championships will make a fantastic weekend for cycling. I’m looking forward to joining our clubs and fans of cycling in Powys to embrace the Welsh Championships over the weekend.”