The Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling is due to take place this weekend 11th – 14th May. This is a great weekend of cycling in the historic City of Lincoln. There are lots of events and activities to take part in or to watch. Tim and I will be there, Tim is taking part in the race on Saturday.
Four days of exciting cycling events, including the Criteriums, Sportive, Uphill Dash, and the Men’s and Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix.
The Lincoln Grand Prix celebrates its 62nd year as elite women and men race across historic Lincoln. Criteriums, a Sportive, and the thrilling Uphill Dash will also take place over the weekend – making for a true festival of cycling.
The the steep hills of Lincoln’s cobbled Cathedral Quarter offer a popular, exciting and tough route for the riders and spectators.
LINCOLN BIKE NIGHT
The opening event of the festival is on Thursday 11th May: Lincoln Bike Night presents an evening with Ned Boulting from 7:30pm at Lincoln Drill Hall.
Friday 12th May, 5:30pm – 10pm
A one-mile circuit around the 11th century Lincoln Castle and through Bailgate. Racing is suitable for all ages.
The races open with under 10s and under 12s girls, followed by under 10s and under 12s boys. Next, under 14s and under 16s girls and under 14 and under 16s boys races.
Following that will be 3/4 mMen (and juniors), a Womens E/1/2/3/4 race, and finally a mens E/1/2/3 race to finish a packed evenings racing.
LINCOLN GP SPORTIVE
Saturday 13th May am
Take on part of the elite race circuit, perfect for amateur cyclists who want to improve their skills and fitness. After a long ride in the tough hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, tackle the closed road cobbled climb of Michaelgate before finishing in Castle Square at the bottom of the imposing Lincoln Cathedral.
Choose from 33, 60, 78, or 102 mile courses to take part in this fully organised event with electronic timing, feed stations, medical support, and even photography. Book on the ITP Events website.
Saturday 13th May, pm
A thrilling series of 4 rider sprint races up the infamous and grueling Michaelgate hill, parallel to Steep Hill. Winners progress through until 4 riders race in the grand final.
LINCOLN GRAND PRIX
Sunday 14th May
The Lincoln Grand Prix is the race for elite male and female riders and is Britain’s oldest remaining classic one-day cycle race – entering its 62nd year.
Some of the UK’s top riders will take part in both races which start and finish on the historic Castle Hill: the women’s 63 mile race beginning at 9am to finish around 12pm and the men’s 103 mile race beginning at 12:30pm and ending around 4:30pm.
Apply to race on the Lincoln Grand Prix website.
If you are able to make it, we hope you also get the chance to look around the shops, pubs and restaurants in Bailgate and Steep Hill areas too and to take in the historic beauty of Lincoln.
For more info and where to watch please click VISIT LINCOLN
There are also many other cycling events taking part across Lincolnshire in 2017, Visit the ITP Events website http://www.itpevents.co.uk/ for more details.
Here at Rural Roosts, we are fully booked for the weekend, so early booking for such events is recommended. You could try staying in one of the other local b&b’s or farmstays, visit http://www.farmstay.co.uk/ or https://www.visitlincoln.com/stay/
If you would like to take part or be a spectator in one of the other cycling events taking place this year or even in next year’s Grand Prix, book your stay in Rural Roosts now to ensure you have a relaxing base from which to cycle or explore.
See our availability and prices: http://www.ruralroosts.co.uk/pine-lodges/#availability