British Cycling Announces Routes For 2021 HSBC UK | National Road Championships
British Cycling is pleased to today announce the route details for this year’s HSBC UK | National Road Championships in Lincoln, which will take place from 14-17 October, bringing the time-trial, circuit race and road race championships together into the same week for the first time.
Six coveted national champion’s jerseys will be awarded across the three days of racing, with the road and circuit races to be centred on the familiar streets of Lincoln city centre, and the time trials to be hosted in the picturesque village of Tealby in Lincolnshire.
The time-trials kick off the championships on Thursday 14 October, with the under-23 women, under-23 men and elite women setting a time over two laps of the route, totalling 29.4km, while the elite men will complete three laps, totalling 44.7km. The challenging route includes 500ft of climbing in each lap in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The circuit races will take place on Friday 15 October, on a 1km route around the city’s historic 11th century castle. Both the men’s and women’s races will be contested over one hour plus five laps, with the floodlit circuit passing through the cobbled Castle Square between Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.
The road races conclude this year’s championships on Sunday 17 October, and the route will come as no surprise to British racing fans, following the route of the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix. Taking in the iconic, cobbled Michaelgate climb once every eight miles, the men’s race will be contested over 166km (13 laps) and the women’s race over 101km (8 laps). The finish line on Castle Square is the once which has been used for every Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix for more than three decades.
British Cycling CEO, Brian Facer, said:
“Lincoln’s roads have played host to some momentous bike races over the past five decades, and I know that the whole British cycling community is excited to return to the city this October to see national champions crowned once more.
“Bringing the three championships together into a single week is great news for fans of our sport and highlights our commitment to evolving our major events – ensuring that they are a fantastic gateway into our sport for fans and riders of all ages and demonstrate great value for our local partners, who we couldn’t deliver the events without.
Event organiser, Dan Ellmore, said:
“After what has been an incredibly challenging period for road racing in this country, I can’t wait to join the crowds to watch history be made on one of British cycling’s most iconic backdrops.
“We are looking forward to the return of the HSBC UK | National Road Championships to Lincolnshire, and the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix circuit with the cobbled Michaelgate will provide a great challenge for the road racers.
“The circuit championship will also use the same finish line and the Bailgate section of the Grand Prix course and will be another tough race and a great spectacle for the crowd, and we have worked hard to provide a challenging time trial route taking in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
Further details on the event, including the riders that will be competing and how you can follow the action, will be published in the coming weeks.
HSBC UK | National Road Championships To Return To Lincoln
British Cycling is today delighted to announce that the 2021 HSBC UK | National Road Championships will take place in Lincoln, and for the first time in the event’s history, the national champions’ jerseys will be presented for the road race, time trial and circuit in the same week.
Taking place from 14-17 October 2021 the event will begin with the time trials on Thursday, followed by the circuit races on Friday and the road races on Sunday. There will, in addition, be a Sportive on Saturday and the Newells Michaelgate Hill Dash on the Saturday evening.
The Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix was initially planned to be the opening round of this year’s HSBC UK | National Road Series, however due to Covid-19 restrictions the event was postponed with a view to rescheduling later in the year. Following British Cycling’s decision to move the HSBC UK | National Road Championships from its traditional calendar date in June, the organisation have worked with Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix organisers Dan Ellmore & Peter Odam to bring the National Championships back to the city for the first time since 2015.
Following its inception in 1956, the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix and its iconic Michaelgate climb have brought a host of the world’s best teams and riders to the city, with past winners of the race including Malcolm Elliott, Keith Reynolds, Russell Downing and Lizzie Deignan.
British Cycling CEO, Brian Facer, said:
“Lincoln is one of the true spiritual homes of British cycling and we are thrilled to be returning to the city for what promises to be a momentous four days of racing. Bringing the three championship races together in the space of a week will be a unique and exciting challenge for riders, and a proud new chapter in the race’s storied history."
“The pandemic has presented enormous challenges for road racing, and I want to pay tribute to organiser Dan Ellmore, City of Lincoln Council and our team at British Cycling who have all worked around the clock to bring the event together at short notice. Though many of those challenges remain I am immensely proud of the way in which the racing community has come together to support the rebuilding of our sport, and I know that this event will give riders, teams and fans across the country a real boost as we head into the summer’s racing.”
Lizzie Deignan, rider for Trek-Segafredo and former world and Commonwealth champion, said:
“Winning my third national title in Lincoln in 2015 was such a special moment and I’ll never forget the noise and the atmosphere of that day. It’s a race that all riders want to win and after the past year I’m sure that will be truer than ever in October."
“The growth in the number and quality of female British riders since 2015 has been absolutely incredible to see and I know that competition for the three national champions’ jerseys will be fiercer than ever this time around.”
This year’s championships are being delivered with the support of City of Lincoln Council
Event organiser, Dan Ellmore, said:
“We are incredibly pleased to bring the National Road Race Championships back to Lincoln on the historic Michaelgate cobbles. The event brought over £1m in economic benefit to Lincoln when held in 2015 without the inclusion of the circuit championships so we hope to not only bring some fantastic racing to Lincoln in October but also a much welcome boost to the local economy”
Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council, said:
“As a Council we are proud to be supporting this event and happy to see the return of the National Championships to the city.
“Lincoln prides itself in being a destination for cycling enthusiasts and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the city for this event in October.”
2021 Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix & Supporting Events Postponed
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great sadness that we have to announce the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix 2021 will not be taking place on it's traditional May date.
Following discussions with British Cycling, our sponsors, City of Lincoln Council and Lincolnshire Police, we will continue to explore the possibility of a rearranged date in Autumn but we will always remain conscious of this ongoing pandemic and the Public Health implications.
We would like to thank our title sponsors Rapha, alongside Lincoln City Council and the Michaelgate Hill Dash sponsors Newell's who have and continue to be very supportive.
In the mean time please take care and stay safe.
2020 Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix & Supporting Events Cancelled
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix 2020.
While we had hoped to move from May to the alternative date of 15th-16th August, we have decided to cancel this year’s race following discussions with British Cycling.
Suspension of international and national racing in Britain was this week extended to September 1 as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and that means we must now look forward to next year.
We would like to thank our title sponsors Rapha and presenting sponsors MinebeaMitsumi, alongside Lincoln City Council and the Michaelgate Hill Dash sponsors Newells who have all been very supportive.
We will announce plans for 2021 as soon as we have them available.
In the mean time please take care and stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!
Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix & Supporting Events Postponed
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the postponement of the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix 2020, following the announcement from British Cycling that all events are suspended until June 30th.
During the last 2 weeks as a pre-emptive measure we have been working on plans to look for an alternative date to enable us to try to maintain the unbroken run of events from 1956 so we have managed to move the event to the weekend of 15-16th August.
The planned new schedule will be as follows:
- Bike Night - 15th August
- Lincoln GP Sportive - 15th August
- Newells Michaelgate Hill Dash - 15th August
- Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix presented by MinebeaMitsumi - 16th August
We would like to thank our title sponsors Rapha and presenting sponsors MinebeaMitsumi and the Michaelgate Hill Dash sponsors Newells who have been very supportive and are fully behind the event and the new date.
The above date will obviously be subject to the suspension of events being lifted and that Police support and Medical cover will be available.
Therefore in line with Government advice please stay at home and let's try and help things pass as quickly as possible and hope we can go ahead with this new August date.
Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix Media Accreditation Opens
Media accreditation has now opened for the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix, if you wish to cover the event for your website or publication please click on the link below to submit your application now.
Submit your accreditation application now HERE
Lincoln GP Sportive - Climbs, Cobbles & Closed Road Finish
There are just 10 weeks to go until the highlight of the Lincolnshire cycling scene, the Lincoln Grand Prix weekend, on May 9th and 10th 2020.
Lincoln Based MinebeaMitsumi Joins Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix Sponsors
Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix Presented by MinebeaMitsumi
We are delighted to announce MinebeaMitsumi as presenting sponsor for the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix.We are delighted to announce MinebeaMitsumi as presenting sponsor for the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix.
MinebeaMitsumi, will present the Mens Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix of over 103 miles and the Womens Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix over 63 miles on 10th May 2020.
Michaelgate Hill Dash Returns To Lincoln Grand Prix Weekend
We are delighted to announce prominent local businessman and Bailgate resident David Newell owner of Newells Projects Ltd is back to support the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix cycling weekend as title sponsor for the Michael Gate Hill Dash which is held on the Saturday evening prior to the Rapha Lincoln Grand prix events on Sunday.We are delighted to announce prominent local businessman and Bailgate resident David Newell owner of Newells Projects Ltd is back to support the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix cycling weekend as title sponsor for the Michael Gate Hill Dash which is held on the Saturday evening prior to the Rapha Lincoln Grand prix events on Sunday.
Rapha Takes Title Sponsorship Of The Lincoln Grand Prix
Statement From The Lincoln Grand PrixStatement From The Lincoln Grand Prix
In January we announced that 2019 had possibly been the last edition of the Lincoln Grand Prix due to lack of sponsorship funding to enable the race to run. Following incredible support from the cycling community of racers and fans alike, we are pleased to announce that the race will go ahead in 2020, and we are developing a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the event in future years with our new title sponsor, Rapha.