Michaelgate

  • Location: Lincoln
  • Distance: 0.1 miles
  • Average gradient: 11 %
  • Maximum gradient: 20 %
  • Height gain: 33m
  • KOM time: 0.45 – 14.5 mph
  • Cobbled
  • 100 climbs: #28
  • Strava

A climb of just 33 metres may sound little more than a bridge over a railway line. But, that is only part of the story of Michaelgate. This short cobbled climb has provided a decisive factor in many major UK road races, in particular the annual Lincoln Grand Prix and also the 2015 British road race championships.

Michaelgate

Michaelgate by David Davis CC – SA BY 3.0

The full climb begins on Hungate and is 0.2 miles, climbing 136ft. The smooth road of Hungate gives way to the cobbles of Michaelgate and this is where the climb gets steeper. (Full climb on Strava)

It is an iconic climb with Lincoln castle on the left and Lincoln Cathedral on the right. There is a road called ‘Steep hill’ joining Michaelgate near the top of the climb.

The real test of Michaelgate is when it is ridden several times during a 100 mile road race. IT is one thing to blast up the cobbles once, but the repeated visits up the climb invariably split the race apart.

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Michaelgate by David Davis CC SA / BY

The 2015 British Road Race championship were won by Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Kennaugh.

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