New Grand Prix sportive launched as part of 2016 Lincoln Cycling Festival

The Lincoln Sportive, featuring distances of 30mi, 63mi and 103mi will take place in the historic city on May 14 as part of the Lincoln Cycling Festival

Amateur riders will be able to experience the challenges of the Lincoln Grand Prix in a new sportive as part of the Lincoln Cycling Festival in 2016.

The city hosted the National Championships in 2015 and laid on the Championship Sportive, giving riders to compare themselves to the pros up the cobbled Michaelgate climb and around the streets of historic Lincoln.

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For 2016, though, the new sportive will replicate the distances raced in the Lincoln GP, criterium and womens race, with the three options including 30mi, 63mi and 103mi, all taking place on May 14.

“The Lincoln Sportive is a brand new event on May 14 2016 designed to take rider experience to a whole new level based on the The Lincoln Grand Prix which is one of the UK’s most prestigious and fiercely fought races with an amazing 60 year history,” said organiser Dan Ellmore.

“Firstly we have the 30 mile route, which will be the distance covered by the Elite riders in the Lincoln Criterium on May 13. Second there is the 63 mile route which is the race distance for the women’s Lincoln Grand Prix a brand new race for 2016, and last and most definitely not least we have the 103 mile route, the exact distance of the men’s Lincoln Grand Prix.

“All routes will follow a lap of the Lincoln Grand Prix circuit on their return to Lincoln, so you can experience the feeling of a last lap battle for the win for yourself.

“You will have first hand experience of what it took for Peter Kennaugh or Lizzie Armitstead to win the National Road Race Championships on this circuit in 2015. Finishing by climbing the fearsome 1 in 6 cobbled climb of Michaelgate and into the Lincoln Castle expo.”

The Lincoln Cycling Festival takes place between May 13 and May 15, with a host of participation events as well as the professional races.