The 2015 British National Road Race is coming to West Lindsey.
This follows over a year of planning and a comprehensive bid by The Velo Club Lincoln Grand Prix to British Cycling, the national governing body for cycle racing in the UK, and will also celebrate the 60th edition of The Lincoln Grand Prix first held in the city in 1956.
The road race will take place on Sunday June 28, 2015 and the route includes the Lincoln Grand Prix circuit and will also include parts of West Lindsey including Scampton, Ingham, Glentworth, Kexby, Sturton-by-Stow and Saxilby.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Jeff Summers, is pleased to hear areas of West Lindsey will be included in the route.
“It is absolutely brilliant that Lincolnshire have been successful in bidding for this national event,” he said.
“To have part of the circuit in West Lindsey means that we will certainly be raising our profile and have the chance to show the rest of the country what a wonderful area we area, and show them what we have to offer.”
The winners of these events will proudly wear their championship jerseys in all the major road race and time trial events, both at home and abroad, in the following 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The distances covered for the men will 125 miles (200 kms), and for the women 68 miles (109 kms) finishing in Lincoln’s Castle Square.
Entries for the championships can be expected from most of the well known names in British cycling and with the Tour de France starting the following weekend the possibility of wearing the elite champion’s jersey in that famous race will be hotly contested.
The last time a national championship road race was held in Lincoln was in 1968 when Colin Lewis beat John Aslin in an exciting finish for the British Professional Road Race Championship.
The championships will also feature the fifth Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive on Saturday June 27, 2015 with an added all-comers uphill dash on Saturday evening and criterium events based around Lincoln Cathedral on the Friday evening.
As a warm up event, the 9th Lincoln Grand Prix on Sunday May 11 2014 will be held over the same course and distance planned for 2015, with a junior event added to act as a test for the proposed women’s championships.
The junior race will be included in the British Cycling Junior Road Race Series.
The 2014 Lincoln Grand Prix will be the final counting event in the British Cycling Spring Cup series of major road races which will be contested by all the country’s major teams.