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Lincolnshire awarded national road race cycling championships

Lincolnshire will play host to a section of the 2015 British Cycling National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.

The news was announced by the The Velo Club Lincoln Grand Prix organisers after their bid to British Cycling, the governing body for cycle racing in the UK.

At the same time, the group will also celebrate the 60th edition of The Lincoln Grand Prix.

The Time Trial Championships for women, men under 23 and elite men will be held on June 25 in a loop around the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Then, the annual Lincoln Grand Prix circuit will go ahead on June 28, with an extra starting loop added to the course.

Competing cyclists will ride through the city out to an area within West Lindsey District Council before connecting to the Grand Prix circuit.

Men will cycle 125 miles (200 kms), eight laps of the GP circuit, while the women bike 68 miles (109 kms) with four laps of the circuit — both finishing in Castle Hill.

The winners of these championships will wear their championship jerseys in all the major road race and time trial events, both at home and abroad, in the following 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Support for the bid has come from all district councils involved on the routes and Lincolnshire County Council.

In addition, Tony Worth, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, Vist Lincoln, Lincoln BIG and Lincolnshire Sport all backed the bid too.

This is the second time Lincoln was involved in a national championship road race after the British Professional Road Race Championship was held in 1968.