Volunteers wanted as cycling’s big name stars head to Wolds

Pedal power: Sir Bradley Wiggins in action, but will he be heading for the Wolds around Horncastle this summer and join other star names to take part in the British National Road Race Championships?
Pedal power: Sir Bradley Wiggins in action, but will he be heading for the Wolds around Horncastle this summer and join other star names to take part in the British National Road Race Championships?

An appeal has been launched for volunteers to help at one of the biggest ever sporting events held in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

The prestigious 2015 British Cycling National Road Championships are taking place between Thursday June 25 and Sunday June 28.

Volunteers are required on all four days with Thursday being at Cadwell Park and on nearby roads in the Wolds, including Raywell.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday events are in and around Lincoln and the West Lindsey area.

There are several different roles including:

*Manning road closures along the route

*Manning crossing points in the busier areas

*Course set-up and breakdown team

*Marshalling at Expo areas

*Selling race programmes

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Why not volunteer with a group of friends, workmates, cycling club or community group or why not run a certain area for us as a club?

“If you are interested, please e-mail your details to us at volunteers@lincolngrandprix.co.uk

A training session for volunteers will be held nearer the event.

Anyone who helps will be given a ‘goodie bag’ with snacks and a souvenir drinks bottle as well as a souvenir T shirt and cap.

Volunteers must be aged 18 or over and applications should include as many details as possible - including any experience at similar events.

There are less than 20 weeks to go to the championships, which are being staged in the county for the first time.

Cycling fans can look forward to an extravaganza of events on two wheels - and some of the biggest names in the sport.

Professional riders from giants of world cycling Team Sky, Orica GreenEDGE and Wiggle Honda are expected to take part.

Apart from the undulating circuit in the Wolds, they will also have to conquer the infamous 1 in 6 Michaelgate climb when the action switches to Lincoln.

Fans are expected to line the roads of the county and could be treated to appearances from the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead - and defending road race champions, Laura Trott and former Lincoln Grand Prix winner, Peter Kennaugh.

It’s expected the championships will attract thousands of visitors to the area, including Horncastle.

The action will kick off in style as the opening day of racing coincides with East Lindsey District Council and Magna Vitae’s SO Festival.

The fantastic Cadwell Park motor racing circuit will be a natural viewpoint, but the road racing promises to be just as popular.

The riders will leave and return to Cadwell via a seven mile route that takes in some of the toughest climbs in the Wolds.

The route will certainly be a challenge for the riders, including defending TT champions, Wiggins and Emma Pooley, who may opt to take on the route on road bikes rather than the traditional time trial bikes - due to the sharp climbs.

After the launch, the action switches to Lincoln on Friday (June 26) with an Uphill Dash event challenging riders of all types of bikes to take on the Michaelgate climb and race into Castle Square on anything from BMX’s to racing bikes.

Club and recreational riders from across the country will descend on Lincolnshire’s roads on Saturday (June 27) as the Championship Sportive takes place.

It offers riders the opportunity to challenge themselves on the same roads as the elite riders.

Following the Sportive, Saturday evening will see the introduction of Lincoln’s first ever Castle Criteriums.

The 1km route through the Bailgate area of Lincoln will invite youth and club riders to participate in a quick paced competition on closed roads.

The huge weekend of cycling culminates with the main events taking place on Sunday (June 28).

The National Road Race Championship is the biggest single day event in the British Cycling calendar.

The men’s and women’s races will run in parallel to each other, with the men’s race heading out on to West Lindsey’s roads for a 28-mile loop as the women enter the traditional Lincoln Grand Prix circuit. Both races will come to a finish in Castle Square.