National Road Race Championships – 20 weeks to go

By MarcRhodes on February 5th, 2015 - comments

DSC_004320 weeks to go and the pace is gathering as Lincolnshire prepares to host the National Road Race Championships for the very first time.

British cycling fans can look forward to an extravaganza of events on two wheels as Lincolnshire plays host to some of the biggest names in cycling with professional riders from giants of world cycling Team Sky, Etixx- Quick-Step, Orica GreenEDGE and Wiggle Honda taking on the challenging roads of Lincolnshire and the infamous 1 in 6 Michaelgate climb.

Fans are expected to line the roads of the county and could be treated to appearances from the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead and defending road race champions, Laura Trott and former Lincoln Grand Prix winner, Peter Kennaugh.

The Championships kick off in style on the opening day of East Lindsey District Council and Magna Vitae’s SO Festival on Thursday 25th June with the National Time Trial Championships taking place at the famous Cadwell Park motor racing circuit and taking in the undulating terrain of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The route will certainly be a challenge for the riders, including defending TT champions, Wiggins and Emma Pooley, who may opt to take on the route on road bikes rather than the traditional time trial bikes due to the sharp climbs on the 7 mile circuit.

The cycling festivities continue on Friday 26th June in Lincoln with an Uphill Dash event challenging riders of all types of bikes to take on the Michaelgate climb and race into Castle Square on anything from BMX’s to racing bikes.

Club and recreational riders from across the whole country will then descend on Lincolnshire’s roads on Saturday 27th June as the Championship Sportive takes place offering riders the opportunity to challenge themselves on the same roads as the elite riders. The Sportive offers four routes; 30, 58, 76 and 97 miles to challenge themselves on, all starting from Active Nation’s Yarborough Leisure Centre. Riders will be relieved to discover that each route only requires one climb on the infamous cobbles of Lincoln’s Michaelgate.

Following the Sportive, Saturday evening will see the introduction of Lincoln’s first ever Castle Criteriums, the 1km route through the Bailgate area of Lincoln will invite youth and club riders to participate in a quick paced competition on closed roads in the most picturesque of settings, and will surely draw great crowds into uphill Lincoln looking to soak up the National Road Race Championship atmosphere.

This huge weekend of cycling culminates with the main events taking place on Sunday 28th June. The National Road Race Championship is the biggest single day event in the British Cycling calendar and with the Tour de France due to start the following week, Lincoln’s winner could be wearing the National Champion’s famous white, blue and red jersey on the start line at Utrecht’s answer to the Yorkshire Grand Départ. The men’s and women’s races will run in parallel to each other, with the men’s race heading out on to West Lindsey’s roads for a 28 mile loop as the women enter the traditional Lincoln Grand Prix circuit. Both races will come to a climax at the Lincoln Grand Prix’s famous finish line in Castle Square in full view of both Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.

It is certain to be an incredible weekend of sporting competition in Lincolnshire and likely the biggest sporting event the county has ever seen. Steven Fletcher, Publisher at Lincolnshire Media, one of the official race sponsors said: “The success of British cycling at recent Olympics Games, and international road racing events, shows there is a huge appetite for the sport. Nobody can forget the amazing turnout for the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, and we want to replicate some of that atmosphere here in Lincolnshire.”

If you would like to get involved with the event as a spectator or even help make it happen by becoming a volunteer visit the official National Road Race Championships website.

Race organiser Ian Emmerson OBE is delighted to announce further race sponsors to join Plumbase, Active Nation and Bishop Grosseteste University. These are;accountants, Duncan and Toplis; estate agents, Pygott & Crone; construction company, Willmott Dixon; publishers, The Lincolnshire Media Group; and business consultancy and marketing agency, Ellmore Consultancy.