For a few hours on Sunday 14th May the Long Leys Road became the focus for British Cycling as the cycling tour visited us in the form of the Lincoln Grand Prix and the annual Festival of Cycling. Those residents who ambled down to watch on Long Leys Road saw a mix of races including the Men’s and Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix with the spectacle of the peloton and the accompanying support vehicles.
It was competitive racing, with some of the top men and women riders in the country seeking to win the prestigious Grand Prix titles. Ian Bibby of JLT Condor won the men’s race with Alice Barnes of Drop Cyling taking victory in the women’s Grand Prix.
With a hundred cyclists and a large number of support vehicles spread over the race route at any one time, it was down to police and volunteer stewards to keep the races running smoothly and safely. As for previous events, a one way system was introduced for the day on Long Leys Road with inward access from the A57 and outward access via Yarborough Road. Side road access onto Long Leys Road was managed by volunteer stewards. With race laps of around 20-25 minutes there was generally a 5 minute window each lap for residents’ cars to leave or enter Long Leys Road and side roads. The Albion Crescent turn off was well managed, although there were inevitably 10-20 minute delays for residents to get out of side roads.
Speaking personally, it is great that we have such a high profile race visiting our community and the local community seemed to embrace the sporting atmosphere on Long Leys Road.
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It would be useful to hear the views of others in the community, on whether any improvements could be made for any future such events which add both excitement and a little disruption to our usual activities. Also if anyone has any great photographs of cycling on Long Leys Road that they would be happy to share on this website then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to this article.