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Enjoy a Weekend of Stunning Sportives and Exhilarating Pro Racing with ITP Events in 2015

by Nick Gregory

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In 2015 ITP Events are giving riders the chance to make the most of some of the biggest weekends on the domestic cycling calendar by taking part in two fantastic sportives ahead of the National Road Race Championship and the International CiCLE Classic.

The Championship Sportive - Saturday 27 June 2015

Join over 2500 riders on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Championship Sportive  which runs the day before the National Road Race Championship. Recent winners of the Championship include Mark Cavendish and the Team Sky duo of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Peter Kennaugh. Last year saw 1600 riders tackle the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding area, with many staying to watch the professional riders race the cobbled climb of Michaelgate - the setting for the finish of the sportive.  Take a look at the video of the 2013 edition of the sportive and road race.

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 you 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. When you enter 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.  There's a text message service integrated into the chip timing system, so anyone supporting you on the day can be notified of your approximate arrival time on the finishing climb.  

To enter online visit Championship Sportive. New for 2015 is the Lincoln Grand Prix Hill climb - more information to follow in the New Year.

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