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Conquer the Cobbles and See the Stars - The Championship Sportive 27 June 2015

by Nick Gregory

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Join over 2,500 cyclists on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Championship Sportive - taking place the day before the National Road Race Championship. Recent winners of the British title include Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh.

Last year saw 1,600 riders tackle the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding area, with many staying to watch the professional riders race the cobbled climb of Michaelgate the next day. The climb features on the route of both the pro race and the sportive. 

The Championship Sportive features the closed road cobbled climb of Michaelgate in the historic centre of Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral and a finish in Lincoln Castle. Riders will be cheered on by the crowds on Michaelgate and in the grandstand in Castle Square. After over 1,000m of climbing in the Lincolnshire Wolds, sportive participants might need a shout from family and friends.

Choose from four routes that start and finish in Lincoln - 97, 76, 58, or 30 miles - through quiet picturesque lanes in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The route options mean there is something for everyone, with the 97 mile route providing the toughest challenge, with 4,240 feet (1305 m) of ascent. 

All routes finish with the 12% cobbled climb of Michaelgate in the heart of historic Lincoln, giving you the chance to experience the sort of challenge faced by Elite riders the following day. The 58 mile route takes in less of the Wolds and is ideally suited to those setting out in cycling and the world of sportives. The 30 mile route is almost completely flat and perfectly suited to new riders, although it still includes the Michaelgate climb. All routes except the shortest have feedstations

The icing on the cake for your day out is the Michaelgate climb. The Championship Sportive (Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive) is one of the few sportives in the UK that attracts a crowd to cheer on riders on the climb of Michaelgate to the finish at the bottom of historic Lincoln Cathedral. The cathedral is visible from several points on the route as far as 30 miles away and there will be signs to help you spot this landmark.

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When entering online there is an option to say a few words about yourself, which will be read out by the commentator on your arrival at the finish.  The Championship Sportive is an experience not just for the riders but their family and friends too. A text message service is integrated into the chip timing system, meaning anyone supporting you on the day can be notified of your approximate arrival time on the finishing climb.  

The Championship Calendar:

Thursday 25th June National Time Trial Championships - Cadwell Park motor racing circuit. 

Friday 26th June (evening) Uphill Dash - Michaelgate 

Saturday 27th June The Championship Sportive - Lincs Wolds and historic Lincoln city finish 

Saturday 27th June (evening) Castle Criteriums - Lincoln Castle Square 

Sunday 28th June National Road Race Championships - Lincoln  

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For more information on the National Road Race Championships visit www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk. To enter the Championship Sportive visit www.itpevents.co.uk and secure your place on one of the UK's fastest growing sportives.

Other sportives from ITP Events in 2015:

Louth Meridian Sportive Sunday 10th May 2015

Thoresby CiCLE Tour 2015 Sunday 17th May 2015

Crossrider Cyclo-cross sportive Sunday 30th August

Le Petit Grand Prix Sunday 06th September 2015





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