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Chris Froome would love 2015 Lincolnshire National Road Race Championship Time Trial course, says bid organiser

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

  • Tour de France winner Chris Froome

  • Great Britain Time Trial champion Alex Dowsett

  • Peter Kennaugh wins the 2013 Lincoln Grand Prix

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Lincolnshire’s course for the National Cycling Time Trial Championship would be ideal for Tour de France winner Chris Froome, says organiser Ian Emmerson.

The bid to bring the National Cycling Championships to the county in June 2015 will be submitted tomorrow.

And with a time trial event that takes in some of the steepest climbs in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Emmerson believes that it would be ideal for someone like Team Sky’s Froome.

“It will take in Scamblesby Hill and also Belchford Hill, so it is a challenging course,” said Emmerson.

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“I think someone like Chris Froome would enjoy the climbing challenge, as would the current national champion, Movistar’s Alex Dowsett.”

Emmerson will deliver a 126-page bid book which outlines his plans for a four-day cycling event to British Cycling.

The highly prestigious prize is coveted by the cyclists who go on to wear their national colours with pride at top events such as the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.

At last year’s Tour de France, Mark Cavendish proudly sported the white jersey with blue and red bands while racing for his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team.

In the past it has been held by Sir Bradley Wiggins, and professionals Geriant Thomas and David Millar.

“It has been a tough job, but we’ve brought it all together and I will submit it all to British Cycling and their competition department tomorrow,” said Emmerson.

“We have been very detailed in our planning and we intend to use the 2014 Lincoln Grand Prix as a testing ground for a number of elements.

“I’m quietly confident it will come to us, but we will have to wait and see.”

The Lincoln Grand Prix is an annual fixture in the county’s sporting calendar. The event, which was won by Peter Kennaugh in 2013, has evolved in recent years and an economic survey found that it brought in £435,000 to the area.

And Emmerson believes that if his plans for 2015 get the thumbs up then it could be an even bigger earner for the area.

“I cannot put an exact figure on it, but if the Grand Prix can raise that, I expect a four-day national championships could even be worth up to £2 million pounds,” said Emmerson.

“It will be a massive draw. It is difficult to say who will be taking part as it is in the future, but all the professional riders will be available to take part.

“It means the likes of Team Sky could have their top riders involved.”

The first event will be the time trial on the Thursday. This will be followed by a Friday night criterium and Saturday will be the annual Sportif.

On Saturday evening there are plans for a fun event where brave riders on bikes of all shapes and sizes can battle it up the notorious Michaelgate climb in Lincoln city centre.

Sunday will be the National Road Race itself, with the women starting ahead of the men.

“It would be a brilliant event to have, and crucially in 2015 when we celebrate 60 years of the Lincoln Grand Prix,” said Emmerson.

“We also want to tie it in with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the reopening of Lincoln Castle.

“We want to create a real spectacle that will bring people from all around.”


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