Russell Downing retains Lincoln Cycling GP crown

In glorious weather Russell Downing, representing the Candi TV Racing Team, completed the gruelling 86 mile course in 3 hours 11 minutes and 11 seconds. The podium was completed by Ian Wilkinson who came second, and Olympic medalist Chris Newton finished third.

Cyclists from around the world flocked to compete in the Lincoln Grand Prix | Photo: Samuel Cox

It’s the Rotherham Riders’ third Lincoln Grand Prix win after winning titles in 2005 and 2008 as well.

A tired Downing was delighted with the victory: “It was an amazing race and the crowd were brilliant.”

The riders’ average speed over the course was 25mph. They raced through Burton Village, an ascent along Long Leys Road, and the 1 in 6 climb up Michaelgate, before finishing i Castle Square. The first event was won by Bob Eastwood back in 1956.

People travelled from all around the world to compete in the prestigious event. Teams from Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany hoped to pick up the £800 first prize.

Dignitaries flocked to the event and Gillian Merron, the member of Parliament for Lincoln, was delighted with the Grand Prix. She said: “It’s a fantastic event for Lincoln and a real boost for the city. It’s the best race in the country and puts the city on the map.”

Downing will be hoping to complete a hat trick of victories when the event returns next year.

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