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12th January 2012, 10:02am
University of Lincoln becomes main sponsor of Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race
Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race The University of Lincoln continues its support for the ever popular Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race by extending its previous supporting sponsorship to become the event's main sponsor in 2012.

The event, to be held on Sunday 13th May, is now in its 57th year and will be a main feature in the Lincoln's run-up to the London Olympic Games in advance of the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in the City on 27th June.

The Games themselves start two months later and cycling will be a high profile sport. The first medal event is the men's road race where British medal prospects are high. Over the years the Grand Prix has played an important role in the development of the British riders and most will have ridden the race in recent years.

Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Race Organiser, Ian Emmerson, welcomed the University's continued support for the event.

He said: "I hope that this partnership will see the race continue to develop as it heads toward its own Diamond Jubilee. The Grand Prix attracts a huge crowd to the City's tourist areas each year. It's the City's most important international sporting event and was again voted the Cycling Weekly favourite Premier Calendar event in 2011."

Elly Sample, Director of Communications, Development and Marketing at the University of Lincoln, said: "We're very proud to be able to support such a prestigious sporting event which has been bringing world class athletes to our City for many years. The Lincoln Grand Prix is a much-loved annual fixture in the cycling calendar and, in such an exciting year for British sport with the London 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon, we hope people across the City will be out in force to cheer on the competitors."

The 2012 Grand Prix will be back to its traditional 13 laps of the 8-mile circuit based on the uphill tourist areas of Lincoln. It brings the total distance up to 102 miles with the race start at 10am from the Yarborough Sports Centre and a predicted finish time just before 2pm in Castle Square.

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