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Lincoln GP and Rapha

Rapha and the Lincoln GP

Saving Britain's most prestigious race.

17 September 2021

After narrowly avoiding going bust only to be cancelled by the pandemic in 2020, the Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix is making a triumphant return in 2021. And this time, the prizes are even bigger as, for the first time in its history, the race doubles as the British National Time Trial, Road Race and Circuit Championships.

So, on Sunday, 17th October, the best riders in the country will be racing not only to win the Lincoln GP but also for the right to wear the famous red, white and blue bands of British national road race champion for the next year. And in addition, the national time trial and circuit championships will also be contested.

To make the most of this packed schedule of end-of-season racing, Rapha will be on the ground in Lincoln for the duration of the event. Creating an atmosphere akin to that on Alpe d’Huez’s famous Dutch Corner, the H Van and the Rapha Mobile Clubhouse will be stationed at various locations throughout the week, with fresh coffee, chilled beers and music for the fans.

We’ll also have a limited supply of Lincoln GP caps, all proceeds from which will be reinvested into the race organisation to help secure the race’s future for seasons to come.

NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thursday, 14th October

Wherever you are on the TT course, look out for the Rapha H Van as we’ll be stationed roadside, offering refreshments to fans watching the action.

NATIONAL CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday, 15th October

Rapha will be in Castle Square, providing the perfect place to watch fast and furious racing from the UK’s best crircuit riders on a 900m lap of the castle.

NATIONAL ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunday, 17th October

For the main event on Sunday, we’ll be on the course’s main climb – the iconic cobbled ascent of Michaelgate. Join us for the best chance of seeing the battle for the national bands decided.

MORE THAN A RACE

We are not the only ones for whom the Lincoln Grand Prix conjures happy memories. Recently, we caught up with three Lincoln GP winners to see what the race means to them.

“The Lincoln GP has so much history in the UK, over 60 years of history, so for Rapha to be sponsoring the event for the next two years is fantastic news. The course has everything that the continental Classics have: flatlands where the race is lined out, the famous cobbled climb of Michaelgate and crowds that are always some of the largest in the country.”

“It’s a local race for me as I only live around forty miles away in Rotherham. I went to watch the race as a kid and then did the junior event back in 1993 when I was part of the GB track squad. That was an amazing experience with the cobbled climb each lap and massive crowds. It was also one of the last races my grandfather watched before he passed away in 1995.”

“Fast forward to 2005 and my brother Russ and I raced to 1-2 finish and stood on the podium together in front of all our family and friends. Then came 2007 when I was racing with the Rapha Condor team. I’d had a few wins in the early season UK Premier Calendar races but the Lincoln was the big one. The cobbled climb was packed with shouts of ‘Deano’ and ‘Russ’ and the weather was terrible, but thinking of my grandad the final time up the climb made me push hard to the line. That’s when the emotions took over. To win the Lincoln GP in front of my family and friends was an amazing experience.”

– Dean Downing, 2007 champion

“I have amazing memories of racing the Lincoln GP. I finished on the podium at my first national championships there and went on to win the Lincoln GP itself twice. It is such an iconic race with amazing crowds racing up Michaelgate. It would’ve been such a shame to lose, so I’m glad it will still go ahead.”

– Alice Barnes, 2016 and 2017 champion

“The Lincoln GP is the Flanders of the British calendar, the one race that carries the history and prestige that makes every rider on the start line hungry to win. I was lucky enough to race it in 2013 and again at the Nationals in 2015 and the atmosphere on the Michaelgate climb is always electric. It has a real Continental, European kind of feel to it compared to some of the other British races.”

– Pete Kennaugh, 2015 British champion

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