Countdown begins for 2018 Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling

The countdown has begun to this year’s Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling, which is expected to help boost the city’s economy.

The festival, which will take place from Wednesday, May 9 to Sunday, May 13, is expected to attract 10,000 people and deliver an estimated £500,000 boost to the city’s economy.

The festival will kick off on Wednesday, May 9 with a question and answer session with record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont, who last year cycled around the world in less than 80 days.

On May 12, cyclists can take part in the Lincoln Sportive event, which offers riders four distances up to 100 miles.

Chestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix, the festival’s marquee event, will take place on Sunday, May 13 and is the final round of the HSBC Spring Cup Series.

Dan Ellmore, organiser of the event, said: “It shouldn’t be underestimated just how big the Lincoln Grand Prix is to both the city and the British cycling calendar.

“Every year Lincoln benefits from the festival as hotels, restaurants and other local businesses experience an increase in footfall.

“Last year’s festival generated around £500,000 for the local economy and I’m expecting similar numbers this year.”

 

Housebuilder Chestnut Homes, which is based in Langworth near Lincoln, is sponsoring the Grand Prix.

Managing Director, David Newton said: “As a local company, we’re thrilled to be the main sponsors of the Grand Prix once again this year.

“With thousands of people expected to attend over the course of the weekend, the festival will provide a major boost to the local economy as well as bolstering Lincoln’s profile as a tourist destination, and we are delighted to be part of it.”

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