Lincoln Festival of Cycling
Saturday - The 4th Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive
Sunday – The 59th Annual Lincoln Grand Prix Spring Cup Elite Series Cycle Race
& The West Common Junior Road Race a British Cycling Junior Road Series Event
The Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling presents another great weekend of cycling in this historic City of Lincoln with a full programme of events and activities taking place.
Saturday May 10th
The first three Lincoln Grand Prix Sportives organised by Ian Penrose at ITP Events were a resounding success with over 1300 riders taking part over the three distances of 30, 55, 75 and 100 miles in 2013. A total entry of around 1,500 is anticipated this year.
All the distances will start from the Yarborough Leisure Centre with the finishes in Castle Square after the climb of the infamous cobbled Michaelgate. Refreshments will be back at Yarborough Sports Centre in The Hub on the cycling circuit.
The web site www.itpevents.co.uk is already up and running where full details can be found and entries can now be made.
Why not stay over in Lincoln on Saturday night, enjoy one of Lincoln's many hotels and restaurants and witness another great Lincoln Grand Prix on Sunday.
Sunday May 11th
The West Common Junior Road Race
The West Common Junior Road Race will be held over the course and distance to be used for the 2015 Women's National Road Race Championship. This will involve one lap of a 30 mile starting loop followed by 4 laps of the traditional 8 Mile Grand Prix circuit to give a total distance of 68.4 miles (109.4 kms)
The West Common Junior Road Race will start at 10 am from the Yarborough Leisure Centre and finish in Lincoln's Castle Square at 12.45 pm.
59th Lincoln Grand Prix
The 2014 race will be held on the 2015 National Championship couse and distance. This will involve a 30 mile starting loop to be covered twice followed by 8 laps of the traditional 8 miles Grand Prix ciruit to give a total distance of 124.7 miles (200 kms)
The Lincoln Grand Prix will start from the Yarborough Leisure Centre at 11.30 am and be timed to start once all the competitors in the West Common Junior Road Race are on the Grand Prix circuit. The finish is expected in Castle Square at approximately 4.10 pm.
The event will again attract all the best of the UK based teams and riders with interest already expressed by foreign teams.
Keep an eye on this Web Site's News Page for more exciting race information as the plans for the 2014 and 2015 events come together.
In order to ensure safe events both for the riders and the public numerous roads around the circuit will either be closed or have traffic restrictions. Details of these will be posted in the Homeowner page on the web site. The co-operation of the businesses and residents is greatly appreciated in ensuring that the race is held in the safest way possible.
The Castle Square finish area will again feature British Cycling go-ride events for young riders which have proven to be very popular. There will also be side attractions with the British Cycling WATT Bike Challenge and The Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Bike4Life exhibitions both giving the public the chance to have a go at cycling. The Bits and Bobs for Bikes and Cycling Clothing stalls plus refreshments and the popular Lincolnshire Farmers’ Market and its range of local produce for sale. The Ostrich and Venison Burgers were certainly a big hit in previous years.
Don't forget to look around the shops, pubs and restaurants in Bailgate and Steep Hill areas, they are all co-operating to make the weekend a success.