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Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling

  • May 11, 2017 to May 14, 2017
  • All Day

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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.

The Men's Lincoln Grand Prix will be part of the 2017 HSBC UK Spring Cup Series, and the Women's Lincoln Grand Prix will be part of the 2017 HSBC UK National Women's Road Series.

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.

The journalist, television presenter, and best-selling author will present an honest, self-effacing ride through the world of amateur and professional cycling.

Lincoln Criterium

Friday 12th May, 5:30pm - 10pm

A one0mile circuit around the 11th century Lincoln Castle and through Bailgate. Racing is suitable for all ages.

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.

Uphill Dash

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.

Here are some of the best places to watch the Lincoln Grand Prix and Sportive races:

Castle Hill

The square between Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral is the unique finish line of the Lincoln Grand Prix Course following the gruelling Michaelgate climb.

Burton Village

The descent into the village of Burton, north of the city, is a hair raiser as the racers fly down trying not to let anyone break away. Take a walk to the village to see the riders at flat out speed. 

Saxilby Road

Saxilby Road, west of the city, is the place to see the 'Tour de France' look as the big peleton race by. This is the perfect place for getting some classic cycle race photos. 


Get close and personal with the action on the tough one-in-six Michaelgate climb. The racers often use the smoother guttering on the side of the road so don't get too close... 

Long Leys Road

This road in the west of the city is the point of no return when lone breakaways must try to keep clear of the chasing pack up the hill.


Bailgate is full of delightful pubs, restaurants, and cafes perfect to keep you refreshed on race day. And there are so many spots in the area to get a great view of the racers cycling through the historic quarter.

Look out for the race as it comes through the Roman Newport Arch - a great photo opportunity.

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Thursday 11th May

Friday 12th May

  • Lincoln Criterium, Lincoln Castle

Saturday 13th May

  • Lincoln GP Sportive, across Lincoln city and countryside: morning
  • Uphill Dash, Michaelgate: afternoon

Sunday 14th May

  • Women's Lincoln Grand Prix
  • Men's Lincoln Grand Prix

Full details for race entry are on the Lincoln Festival of Cycling website. VIP tickets can be booked from the Lincoln Grand Prix website.

  • Spectating the race from the streets is free.
  • VIP includes uninterrupted views of Castle Hill, welcome drink, 3-course lunch, tea and coffee, chance to mee the rider: £90+VAT

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