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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: LINCOLN GRAND PRIX - SUNDAY MAY 9TH Reply with quote

The massive jig saw of pieces that make up a complex event like the Lincoln Grand Prix are all now in place and the resulting picture promises another exciting episode of this popular race through the streets of Lincoln and surrounding countryside. The country's major teams are all in the line up with opposition from the Irish national team and professional teams from Sweden and Holland. The race also features three riders from Team Sky who have been given dispensation to compete in the race which brings three times winner Russell Downing back to Lincoln to go for a record fourth win.

The race finish area in Lincoln's Castle Square is enhanced this year with the Lincolnshire Farmers' Market, British Cycling's WATT bikes for people to measure their fitness levels, fruit and drinks stalls, bits and bobs for bikes and displays from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. A new additional race for the first time is the Michaelgate Challenge for under 16's featuring a rapid fire handicap and a mass start climb of the famous 1 in 6 cobbled hill and dash to the finish line. We could see a future champion taking the honours here.

The support from the the University of Lincoln and the Bishops Grosseteste College has also brought volunteer assistance from students who will be carrying out stewarding and crowd control on the day. This adds to those from the Velo Club Lincoln and the large staff of accredited stewards looking after the many junctions around the eight mile circuit. Major junctions also have police assistance with five police motorbikes and four National Escort Group members also there to ensure the safety of the competitors and general public.

The sunny weather of 2009 brought out the crowds in their thousands to the event and given a repeat of this similar numbers are expected this year. Eurosport will again feature the race and this year have the added pictures from the air with a specially equipped helicopter to add some spectacular shots of the City as the race weaves its way through its historic areas.

The race assembles and starts from Lincoln's Yarborough Leisure Centre at 10 am and is expected to finish in the Castle Square after 11 laps at around 1.30 pm.

The event web site has been getting a large daily hit count and full details of the riders, the course, prizes, race history and all else you need to know is at where you can also enter a competition to win a brand new road bike.
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