Rewind: Lincoln Grand Prix 2016

The country’s top cyclists took to the streets of Lincoln on Sunday, May 15 for the 61st Grand Prix.

Take a look back at the action throughout the day with results, pictures and videos from The Lincolnite team:

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Reporting today is Stefan Pidluznyj and Emily Norton. Providing photography is Steve Smailes.

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The women’s race is in full flow. The British Cycling Women’s Road Series – led by Nicola Juniper in orange – reaches its third round in Lincolnshire, part of a double header of racing on Sunday, May 15.

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The women’s race consists of eight laps around Lincoln and Burton village. 

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Good Places to Watch all the Action

Castle Square:
The finish, it’s where it all happens, as the riders begin to ease back in their seats after the bone shaking climb of Michaelgate and the arduous twists and turns of the Burton Village descent.

 In the square you can also listen to and stay up to date with every minute of the action with in depth and exciting commentary from Tony Gibb and live update from out on the course.

Burton Village:
If you want to see the riders at speed, flat out and taking chances, walk out to Burton village, or get there early and stake your claim to a spot on the course that promises to deliver high speed action as the bunch flies past at breakneck pace. 

Saxilby Road:
If you’ve always wanted to see that ‘Tour de France’ look of a big peleton as riders take turns on the front or try and find somewhere to hide from the wind and maybe catch their breath. This is a great place to watch the race go by.

Anyone wanting to get up close and personal with the riders should make their way to the one in six cobbled Michaelgate climb. The race has been won and lost here on many occasions and a late burst of speed from tired and aching legs might just be enough to cross the finish line first and take the honours. 

Long Leys Road:
Often the point of no return, lone breakaways test their resolve against a hard chasing pack. Many have tried but fewer still have had the strength or courage to keep ahead. 

The Bailgate Area:
Of course nearly anywhere is a great place to watch the race go past. Pick your spot or have a wander around the course, you’ll find plenty of Pubs and Inns serving up good honest food, drink and Lincolnshire hospitality.

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It’s a glorious day  for racing. Our photographer Steve Smailes has been snapping the cyclists in action in Burton village. 

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Just in from the finish line for lap four, Jo Tindley’s lead is down to 15 seconds.

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Interested in finding out more about the series? Here’s a race guide from British Cycling:

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The Women’s Grand Prix field has been heralded on Twitter as the best field assembled for a UK Women’s National Series Race. The full field can be found HERE.

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The Grand Prix winners will this year be given the first editions of a unique cobble stone trophy. These trophies have been hand made by Frontrunner in Lincoln from granite cobbles sponsored by Steve Poole Plant Hire.

The trophies will be an added incentive for riders when tackling the 1 in 6 cobbled Michaelgate climb repeatedly throughout the day.

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Three laps to go!

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The Michaelgate cobbles can make or break a rider. The incline is notoriously difficult, and cyclists must navigate the narrow road while maintaining speed. 

The four leaders are heading back to the line for the final two laps.

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You can almost feel the burn!

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Looks set for a close finish as we’re well into the last hour. The first riders are expected to cross the finish line at around midday. 

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Not long to wait to find out the winner of the first Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix

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LIVE on #Periscope: Women’s Grand Prix finish

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Congrats to Alice Barnes, winner of the Women’s #LincolnGP!

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The women’s winners on the podium:

  1. Alice Barnes
  2. Becky Durrell 
  3. Laura Massey

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What a moment! Alice celebrating as she crossed the finish line.

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On the junior podium:

  1. Ellie Mae
  2. Jessica Roberts
  3. Sophie Wright

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The Men’s Grand Prix is now getting underway. Watch live on Periscope:

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Celebrations at the podium for the women’s and junior race medalists

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The atmosphere is buzzing on Castle Hill.

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A packed start for the 61st Lincoln Grand Prix, with hundreds of cyclists taking part and many more cheering them on across the eight-mile course.

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The riders will complete a total of 13 laps, finishing in Castle Square at approximately 4.30pm.

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A proud day for the Drops Cycling team in the Women’s race.

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Looks like there was a bit of an incident on the first lap of the men’s race.

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Hear what Alice Barnes – the winner of the Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix – had to say to The Lincolnite following her victory.

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Our photographer literally down on the ground capturing the cyclists as they race on by.

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About an hour into the race. Plenty of time for the riders to make their move.

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A reminder of the course route. The riders will have to complete 13 laps.

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Nine laps to go!

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A total of 14 cyclists in the lead group now. The chasing pack has a lot of work to do!

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Eight laps to go. A lead group of 16 with an 18 second advantage over the chasing group.

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The current leaders.

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More than two hours into the race – over halfway through.

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Some pretty packed pavements in uphill Lincoln!

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Six gruelling climbs of Michaelgate to go.

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Hard going exiting Long Leys Road for the riders.

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A small break by two of the cyclists. But will it last? Not too long to find out.

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Out on the open road with the finish line getting closer and closer.

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Under three laps to go now.

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Competitors are at the half way mark on their final lap. The winner will be crowned shortly. 

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LIVE on #Periscope: Lincoln Grand Prix final stages:

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Congratulations to Tom Stewart, winner of the 2016 Lincoln Grand Prix!

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We’ll bring you more on the final results and reactions from those battling for the top spot right up to the mark. Look out for our live periscope with Tom shortly.

In the meantime photographers have been getting in touch with their favorite snaps of today’s action. 

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LIVE on #Periscope: Live with Tom Stewart:

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Jubilant Tom Stewart celebrates victory surrounded by the crowds on Castle Hill. 

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The final moments at the finish line as Russ Downing is pipped to the post by Tom Stewart.

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And that brings our coverage of the Lincoln Grand Prix to an end. We hope you enjoyed the day and please take a look back through the highlights in our picture gallery.