One of the biggest challenges met by riders in the Lincoln Grand Prix wasn’t the predicted rain.
It was the punctures and shredded tyres as they negotiated their way along the 76 and 97 mile routes.
The first riders set off from Lincoln at 8am and the routes took them through the Lincolnshire Wolds with a feeding station at Tetford Country Cottages, which has been a scan point and feeding station for the last three years.
The first riders started arriving from 9.30am and immediately set about repairing their bikes, ably assisted by the mobile support teams.
Their tyres may have taken a beating but there was only praise for the route and the organisation of the event.
Marie Whitley from the Country Cottages said: “One of the riders on the medium route last year had enough when he arrived here.
“When he had his chip scanned he asked if he was finished but he was told he was only at the mid-point of the race. After that he phoned his wife and asked her to come and collect him.”
The forecasted heavy rains hadn’t appeared by the time the riders arrived in Tetford and it was evident they were enjoying themselves by their smiles and good-hearted chat during their brief stop.
Unfortunately for the competitors Tetford hill was just around the corner.