The Lincoln Grand Prix was a weekend celebration of cycling, starting on Saturday with the sportive including 12 Velo-One riders.
More than 1,000 cyclists from all over the country took part in the mass participation event, held over 33, 60, 78 and 102-mile routes through the Wolds and up the steep cobbled road of Michaelgate, finishing in Lincoln Castle Square.
Sportives are a personal challenge against the distance and then ultimately the clock.
Velo-One’s Vernon and Lucy Read – riding their first-ever cycling event – finished ninth and 10th out of 220 riders with a time of 4hrs 30mins over the 78-mile course.
Sunday was race day with V1’s Madeline Verdegaal in the Women’s Grand Prix.
A total of 110 riders took part over eight laps (104km) and eight climbs of Michaelgate competing for a equal prize fund of £4,800.
The race started at an electrifying pace as riders battled to get to the front of the group.
Unfortunately at the end of the first lap Verdegaal got caught behind a group crash, delaying her enough to not be able to rejoin the main group, forcing a retirement.
The race was dominated by DROPS Cycling, taking the top three positions.
Away from Lincoln, the testers continued the season.
Antony Gough raced at the Hereward 10 Mile TT (Peterborough CC), posting the second fastest time of the night with 23min 23 sec, a course personal best by 1:35.
Gough and Neil Palmer raced at Bourne Wheelers’ Open 10 Mile TT on the A15 Quarrington to Osbournby roundabout course.
They finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 21:56 and 22:00 respectively.
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