West Lindsey villages plan hero’s welcome for cycling stars in National Road Championships

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Olympic cycling stars will be given a hero’s welcome as they race through the streets of West Lindsey.

The communities of the district’s villages are getting in the mood for the National Road Championships by decorating their streets and planning special events.

Local residents in 16 villages will be treated to glimpses of Olympic medallist Dame Sarah Storey and sprint sensation Mark Cavendish on 28th June.

West Lindsey District Council are sponsoring the event, which begins and ends in Lincoln, vice chairman coun Roger Patterson is urging locals to come out in force to support: “The race is a great way to showcase our historic heritage and our beautiful villages on a worldwide stage.

“I hope our communities will come out and support those taking part especially our Olympic and Paralympic champions who made us proud in 2012.”

Huge screens will show the race in Kexby Village Hall, while Sturton will host a fun day and there will be a family bike ride in Stow.

The world-famous Upton chippy, which uses a coal-fired range, will be open for business for spectators.

Owner Andy Clark – a member of Viking Velo Cycling Club – believes it will be a once in a lifetime experience.

“Cycling is becoming more and more popular and the fact that this championship is coming to Lincolnshire is amazing in itself.

“That it’s coming to Upton as well is tremendous. We’ll probably not see this kind of thing here again in our lifetime.”

To find out more about the championships, visit www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk.

For a list of road closures, visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk