The inaugural Lancaster Grand Prix took place today with riders starting and finishing in the host city. The course took them out into the Forest of Bowland area of natural beauty for 7 laps of a hilly circuit before heading back towards town. I rode the course on the way out and can attest to its hilliness, especially riding with a backpack containing all the necessary supplies for the day!
I took up station around Abbeystead, firstly at a crossroads nearer to Dolphinholme, then Abbeystead bridge and finally on the Cow’s Mouth climb. Cow’s Mouth had a nice descent into it, only broken up by a cattle grid and a narrow bridge. A switch back follows as the gradient increases, scrubbing off speed (and make sure you’re in the right gear) before a tortuous steep ascent with bits at 21% – luckily it was short.
Madison Genesis’ Ian Bibby won the race, outsprinting his 3 breakaway companions – James Shaw (2nd), Daniel Tulett (3rd) and Max Stedman (4th).