This Weekend: Lancaster GP

The first ever Lancaster Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, with the race marking round 3 of the men’s National Road Series.

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This Weekend: Lancaster GP

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The first ever Lancaster Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, with the race marking round 3 of the men’s National Road Series.

The peloton will depart Williamson Park at 9:30am, after which some of the country’s best domestic riders will do battle over the tough, hilly 100m route as they look to make headway in both the individual and team series standings.

The team standings have been dominated by one team thus far; Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes have won both previous rounds of the series, and the victors on those occasions – Rory Townsend and Tom Stewart – will both be lining up on Sunday. The individual standings are currently headed by Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis), and he will be part of a strong Madison Genesis contingent, with the likes of Ian Bibby, Tom Moses and Joey Walker also on the start list.

Team Wiggins le Col will also be well-represented, with Gabz Cullaigh, Mark Christian and Rob Scott in their ranks, while Scott Thwaites – currently sixth in the individual series standings – will line up for Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK.

Kieran Savage (Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffield) and Steve Lampier (Saint Piran) will also be looking to extend their impressive starts to the series.

The race will take in more than 2,600m (8,500 feet) of climbing. From Williamson Park, riders will travel to the well-known circuit based on the villages of Dolphinholme and Abbeystead, and will cover seven laps of this before returning – with a final tough climb of Conder Bottoms just 3km from the finish – to complete the race in Williamson Park at the foot of the Ashton Memorial.

From Madison Genesis
The Lancaster GP will see Jon Dibben (Madison Genesis) make his racing debut for Madison Genesis on Sunday 9 June. Dibben will be joined by Ian Bibby, Mike Cuming, Rich Handley, Johnny McEvoy, Tom Moses and Erick Rowsell. Matt Holmes will complete the eight-rider line-up and goes into the third round of the British Road Race Series with the overall lead, having placed fifth at the Klondike GP and fourth at the Lincoln GP.

The race marks a return to road competition for domestic teams, which last went head-to-head in mid-May in Lincoln. The Lancaster GP also serves as the sixth of fourteen qualifying events for the 2019 Tour of Britain. The race will cover 160.9 kilometres of grippy, exposed and undulating roads around the Forest of Bowland and has been described by organisers as a British version of an Ardennes classic. With over 9000ft of climbing, it is very comparable to the Klondike GP.

Departing Lancaster at 9.30am on Sunday 9 June, the peloton of over 100 riders will travel 11km south toward Dolphinholme, where they will start seven laps of an 18.5km circuit. Each lap starts with a climb of three kilometres that the riders will negotiate in around five minutes.

From here, the counter-clockwise circuit makes an undulating descent on a mix of open moorland and small country lanes. The final 18.5km run-in to the finish covers a fairly mundane climb and descent, before hitting what could be the race-deciding Little Fell Lane climb.

The 8% average gradient, kilometre-long ascent comes at the perfect time to launch a late attack and with a short descent to the finish line there’s little chance for dropped riders to come back to the front. Fans can follow the race with live updates on Twitter, with highlights on Eurosport to be aired next week.

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STARTSHEET (Provisional – team changes likely)

1 Callum Mcleod Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
2 Thomas Stewart Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
3 Alex Paton Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
4 Daniel Pearson Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
5 Max Stedman Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
6 Andrew Tennant Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
7 Rory Townsend Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
8 Oliver Wood – NW Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
9 Ian Bibby – NW Madison Genesis
10 Michael Cuming Madison Genesis
11 Richard Handley – NW Madison Genesis
12 Matthew Holmes – NW Madison Genesis
13 Thomas Moses Madison Genesis
14 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis
15 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis
16 Jon Dibben Madison Genesis
17 John Archibald Ribble Pro Cycling
18 Scott Auld Ribble Pro Cycling
19 Alex Dalton Ribble Pro Cycling
20 Jake Gray Ribble Pro Cycling
21 Zeb Kyffin Ribble Pro Cycling
22 Gruffudd Lewis Ribble Pro Cycling
23 Alex Luhrs – NW Ribble Pro Cycling
24 Stephen Bradbury SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
25 Ben Hardy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
26 Edward Laverack SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
27 Isaac Mundy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
28 Jordan Reed SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
29 Jacob Scott SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
30 James Shaw SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
31 Peter Williams SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
32 Mark Christian – NW Team Wiggins Le Col
33 Gabriel Cullaigh Team Wiggins Le Col
34 Lawrence Carpenter Team Wiggins Le Col
35 Ben Healy Team Wiggins Le Col
36 Callum Riley Team Wiggins Le Col
37 Oliver Robinson Team Wiggins Le Col
38 Robert Scott Team Wiggins Le Col
39 Daniel Tulett Team Wiggins Le Col
40 Christopher Latham Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
41 Michael Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
42 Adam Kenway Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
43 Dylan Kerfoot-Robson Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
44 Christopher McGlinchey Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
45 Alistair Slater Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
46 Scott Thwaites Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
47 Red Walters Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
48 Jonathan Bridge Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
49 Tarn Fynn – NW Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
50 Jonathan Fowles – NW Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
51 Elliot Harrison Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
52 Jake Womersley Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
53 Joseph Clark Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
54 Tom Knight – NW Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
55 Daniel Pullen – NW Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
56 Charlie Renshaw Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
57 Kieran Savage Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
58 Louis Szymanski – NW Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffied
59 Robert Orr Memil Pro Cycling
60 Edmund Bradbury Memil Pro Cycling
61 Ben Hetherington Memil Pro Cycling
62 Matthew Clements Richardson – Trek RT
63 Peter Cocker Richardson – Trek RT
64 Tobias Dahlhaus Richardson – Trek RT
65 Lewis Bulley Richardson – Trek RT

66 James Jenkins Richardson – Trek RT
67 Theo Modell Richardson – Trek RT
68 Joseph Sutton Richardson – Trek RT
69 Steven Parsonage Richardson – Trek RT
70 Ross Holland Saint Piran
71 Joe Evans Saint Piran
72 William Harper Saint Piran
73 Cameron Jeffers – NW Saint Piran
74 Steve Lampier Saint Piran
75 Oliver Maxwell Saint Piran
76 Oliver Blaggdon Saint Piran
77 Frazier Carr Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
80 Rupert Graham Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
81 Leon Mazzone – NW Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
82 Tom Mazzone – NW Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
83 Jordan Peacock Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
84 Charles Walker Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
85 Matthew Dobbin TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
86 Cameron Foster TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
87 David Reece TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
88 Ryan Watkins TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
89 Archie Cross Team B38 / Cycles in Motion
90 Andrew Nichols Team B38 / Cycles in Motion
91 Jude Taylor Team B38 / Cycles in Motion
92 Matt Clarke Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
93 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
94 Ben Granger – NW Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
95 Harry Hardcastle Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
96 Sam Lashley – NW Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
97 David Lines Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
98 Joe Reilly Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
99 Jack Stanton-Warren Wheelbase Cabtech Castelli
100 Damien Clayton Andy Moore Autocentres Racing
101 Dean Watson Andy Moore Autocentres Racing
102 George Evans ActiveEdge Race Team
104 George Wharton – NW BikeStrong KTM
105 Sam Fairhurst – NW Bill Nickson Cycles RT
106 Chris Thomas Better Cycling
107 Cameron Richardson Bioracer Moriarty Bikes
108 Tim Shoreman Bioracer Moriarty Bikes
109 David Price – NW Chorlton Velo
110 Andrew Taylor Dab Cycling Club
111 Thoedor Obholzer Durham University CC
112 Samuel Ingle – NW FitPro
113 Russell Downing Giordana Racing
114 William Lewis – NW High Peaks Cycles RT
115 Matthew Warhurst – NW High Peaks Cycles RT
116 James Noonan – NW Hopper Rollers
117 Richard Butler – NW Kendal Cycle Club
118 William Perrett Leisure Lakes Bikes .com
119 Declan Hudson Liverpool Century Road Club
120 Jack Crook – NW Liverpool Mercury (Dolan) CC
121 Mathew Taylor Prologue Race Team
122 Tiago Fougo Strada Sport
123 Dillon Byrne – NW Tactic Sport
124 Sion Harlow Team PB Performance
125 Josh Housley Team PB Performance
126 David Bolland Velo Scills Interbike RT
127 Sami Al Hadid British Cycling Private Member
128 Jack Moore British Cycling Private Member
129 Eliot Ward British Cycling Private Member



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