Saturday 9th may 2020
Lincoln GP Sportive
Yarborough Leisure Centre Breedon Drive, Lincoln LN1 3SP
Starting at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln, you’ll take a route out of the city that avoids all major roads. You’ll soon find yourself clipping along at a good pace towards the Lincolnshire Wolds, an AONB.
The first 25 miles to the first feed are fairly flat and heading east there is often a tailwind.
Miles 25 to 75 look a bit different, as the profile HERE shows. A combination of low traffic levels and beautiful countryside mean you will have a great ride. You’ll need to bring your good legs though, with the rolling hills puntcuated by tougher climbs such as Ruckland at 11% and Nettleton Top at 12%.
From Nettleton you can look to your right and see the finish as Lincoln Cathedral stands out on the horizon. As you drop off the Wolds at mile 76 you will be heading back onto flatter terrain. The Catherdral will still be visible from various points, giving a good visual reminder of how close you are to the finish.
On returning to Lincoln there is still the big challenge to overcome, the 17% cobbled climb of Michaelgate. Once on Carline Road you’ll hit the closed road section, ensuring a free flowing and safe passage to the finish. It’s sharp left at the bottom of the fast decent of Spring Hill onto the start of the cobbles. The bottom of the climb is the steepest and narrowest part so make sure you are in a low gear. Then the road widens and the crowd on the climb will give you a cheer to help you to the finish. A quick left and a right onto Castle Square to finish a great and memorable day out.
You’re not quite done though, as it is back to Yarborough Leisure Centre for your post ride meal and finisher’s medal.
Lincolnshire is a very active area for horse riders. Please ready the British Horse Society guidance on how to ride around horses HERE
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