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A gem in Britain’s cycle racing calendar— Cycling Weekly Magazine
For full 2014 results see ‘Palmares’
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’.
Front page headline ‘Cycling Weekly May 3rd 2012:
“CiCLE Classic: tougher than Paris -Roubaix”
With newly secured sponsorship from the Giant Store (Rutland Water), Schwalbe Tyres and Dare2b the CiCLE Classic celebrated in 2014 its 10th anniversary edition taking on its continuing 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.
In 2014 Junior riders also had the chance to also participate in their own Junior CiCLE Classic for the first time, and in the future it is intended that the first ever Women’s CiCLE Classic will be staged, although it has not been possible to follow through with this event this year.
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.
Is this not the most beautiful race ever? , someone asked on Twitter.
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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, targetted and covetted 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 contempories. In 2010 over 550 took to the roads for the CiCLE Tour and we continue to work with our promotional partners to see both these ‘all comers’ events to the same level of reputation within the cyclo-sportif field that the Classic has established for itself at Elite level. In 2013 the Rutland CiCLE Tour saw over 1000 participants. Anyone visiting the CiCLE Classic can enjoy the Dare2b Rutland 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.
You can be forgiven for thinking this is not England!