Group crash hinders all Grand Prix hopes

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Members of Velo-One Cycling were in action at the Lincoln Grand Prix.

More than 1,000 cyclists from all over the country took part in the event, held over 33, 60, 78 and 102-mile routes through the Lincolnshire Wolds and up the steep cobbled road of Michealgate, finishing in Lincoln Castle Square.

Sportive’s are a personal challenge against the distance and then ultimately the clock.

Twelve Velo-One riders took part in the sportive with the highlight being Vernon and Lucy Read.

Riding their first ever cycling event, the pair finished ninth and 10th out of 220 riders with a time of 4hrs 30mins over the 78-mile course.

Sunday was race day, with Madeline Verdegaal taking part in the Women’s Grand Prix. In total, 110 riders competed over eight laps (104km total) and eight climbs of Michaelgate.

The race started at an electrifying pace as riders battled to get to the front of the group.

At the end of the first lap Maddy got caught behind a group crash, delaying her enough to not be able to rejoin the main group, forcing a retirement.

Away from Lincoln, the testers continued there season.

Antony Gough raced at the Herewood 10-Mile TT (Peterborough CC) on Thursday evening, posting the second fastest time of the night with 23 mins 23 secs, a course PB by 95 seconds.

On Sunday, Antony Gough and Neil Palmer raced at Bourne Wheelers’ Open 10-Mile TT on the A15 Quarrinton to Osbournby roundabout course.

Antony and Neil finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 21 mins 56 sec and 22 mins respectively.