(Courtesy and thanks to Greenberry Media for this pre 2016 reflection on the 2015 race.)
For the OFFICIAL Channel 4 film of the 2016 race, produced by Dream Team TV, go to:
The Melton Building Society confirmed once more as sponsor of the Team competition at the 2016 CiCLE Classic, won in 2016 by JLT-Condor who return again in 2017, and with an even stronger team.
The Brook ‘Whipper-In’ Oakham who joined the CiCLE Classic as the new King of the Hills competition sponsor and race day hospitality partner of the CiCLE Classic in 2015 are set to return to the race in the same capacity in 2016.
Tim Norton (Ford) of Oakham continue their support of the CiCLE Classic as the official vehicle supplier to the 2016 CiCLE Classic, their 12th consecutive year.
The CiCLE Classic and its associated events are Britain’s most unique, challenging and spectacular Elite single day cycling events. We pride ourselves that although British promotions, that they are truly ‘Britain’s Belgian Classics’.
With sponsorship once again from the Giant Store(Rutland Water), SchwalbeTyres and Dare2b the CiCLE Classic continues to celebrate on its mantle of Britain’s biggest and most spectacular cycle road race. One of the most unique races on the international calendar anywhere in the World.
Based upon the legendary Paris – Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen spring classic races of Northern Europe Rutland – Melton is essentially a place to place race between the nearby towns of Oakham in Rutland and Melton Mowbray in East Leicestershire.
Since 2014 Junior riders also had the chance to also participate in their own Junior CiCLE Classic, and in 2017 for the first time, they will be able to ‘savour’ the delights of ‘Somerberg’ as their race takes place earlier in the day on Sunday 4th ahead of the 2nd Women’s CiCLE staged for the first time in 2016.(See Women’s page for details.)
With the 2012 edition being long remembered by all those who took part; worked on it; or saw it from the roadside for its horrendous weather conditions, the worst that can be remembered for a British race, 2013 restored faith in British weather being dry in April with Ian Wilkinson of UK Youth winning his record breaking second CiCLE Classic and in 2014 the event took on an even greater characteristic. In 2014, it was the turn of the youngest ever winner Tom Moses from Rapha-Condor-JLT to take 1st place on the podium. Current champion is Steel Von Hoff (2015.)
“Is this not the most beautiful race ever?” someone asked on Twitter.
The original CiCLE Classic took, and continues to take competitors where no other British race dares; on and off road for 105 miles; whereas the 2014 edition took the riders 112 miles providing a course as near to a continental classic as it is possible to create within Britain. European riders compared it to the renowned “Paris – Roubaix but with hills reminiscent of the “Ronde van Vlaanderen”.
In just three years the race went from being a domestic race within the Premier Calendar of British Cycling events, to an international event, targeted and coveted by competitors as the race that they all want to win. The race is not just about the competitors, who come from all over Europe and beyond, but also about the creation of an unforgettable experience and wonderful day out for spectators. Visitors and locals, young and old, marvel at the feats of the Elite riders as they literally ‘pass through Hell’.
Additionally, since 2007, over 200 non-Elite cyclists have been able to experience some of what the Classic competitors go through, by being able to take part in the CiCLE Challenge range of cyclo-sportif events held over part of the international course. Similarly first held in 2009 on the day before the CiCLE Classic, the Rutland CiCLE Tour proved an instant success with over 450 cyclists experiencing the delights of cycling in and around Rutland ahead of their professional contemporaries. In 2015 the Rutland CiCLE Tour saw over 1000 participants. Anyone visiting the CiCLE Classic can enjoy the Dare2bRutland WEEKEND, riding the roads of Britain’s smallest county before seeing the stars of the cycle road racing world show how it is really done.
Whether you wish to take part in the CiCLE Classic; find out where and when to see the race; or experience the thrill for yourself of the freedom that cycling in beautiful countryside offers, then read on. It’s ALL here for you.
The peleton exits the Owston Manor special sector in front of a large an appreciative crowd. Owston; the little village with a big ‘heart’, – “Cycling Weekly”
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