Round 2 of National Road Series takes place this Sunday at the iconic Lincoln Grand Prix. Here’s a preview of men’s race, including the British Conti Insider’s race insight and predictions.
The Lincoln GP is without doubt one of the truly iconic (and longest-run) races on the British calendar
What is it?
The Chestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix is arguably the most iconic one-day road race in the UK. First held in the summer of 1956 – a women’s edition has also run since 2015 – it has gone on to its establish itself in British road racing folklore. It has an illustrious list of past winners, featuring many of the greats of domestic road racing.
All of the UK’s top Continental and elite teams will be at the race. And no less than five winners previous are due to take part: last year’s winner Alex Richardson (Canyon
A great cycling showpiece in its own right, the race is also the second round of the new HSBC UK | National Road Series and the 4th race in the Tour of Britain qualification process. The race will see all of the British Continental and top elite teams going head-to-head for the first time this season. It is the third edition of the race, and this year will be the first time a men’s and women’s race has taken place on the same day.
Click here for the provisional start list.
The race features 13 laps (8 for the women’s race) of a circuit starting and finishing in the centre of Lincoln.
Before Michaelgate, the circuit is relatively gentle. But crosswinds can play a factor on the out-of-town sections, and the climb after the feed station in Long Leys road can also sap the legs.
For those readers never having experienced the famed Lincoln Grand Prix crowds, do yourself a favour and get there, enjoy the day, and get involved
The British Conti Insider’s view
Our ‘British Conti Insider’ is an active DS with experience in the UK and abroad.
The Lincoln GP is
The circuit is a relatively benign ‘kermesse’ style circuit, until the cobbled climb of Michaelgate is factored in. A steep, narrow wall of approximately 30 seconds flat-out effort leads onto the finishing ‘straight’ on Castle Square (get the right line here – go wide, you lose) and through the paved section onto faster wider roads that often see riders that have been distanced on the climb unable to get back into the peloton due to the high speed.
A fast descent into the village of Burton leads onto a narrow single track lane and the left-hander onto the A57, which if the winds are
As formulaic as it sounds, I can’t see any DS changing the perceived wisdom of placing a rider in an early move, then allowing the race to unfurl, and if necessary riding the break back in the last two or three laps. As always, this can go spectacularly wrong, and the teams don’t always have their own way as exemplified by last year’s winner Alex Richardson. It’s all very close for the Tour of Britain qualification points so far, so the case for teams riding ‘negatively’ shouldn’t be a factor.
Once again the Tour Series being run concurrently will tax some riders and teams, but not overly. However, it does make selection tricky with some riders also coming out of the
With the weather looking dry and
*As this is a review of the men’s race only, I refer here to hard-men. The same can be said of the women’s winners.
Women’s Race: 9.00 – 11.45 approx
Men’s Race: 13.00 – 16.45 approx
The forecast says it will be dry and warm (13-14 degrees). There will be a light breeze, so wind shouldn’t play a factor this year.
Highlights of the race will be shown on Eurosport:
Men’s Chestnut Homes Lincoln GP: 21.30, 16 May – Eurosport 1
Women’s Chestnut Homes Lincoln GP: 21.30 17 May – Eurosport 1
Featured photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com. Alex Richardson wins the 2018 Lincoln Grand Prix