Cycle race director Colin Clews and the cycle clothing brand Dare2b, have worked together to launch a sportif and major elite women’s single day road race, which will take place in Thoresby North Notts as part of a cycle fest weekend in May 2014.
The exciting news is a welcome addition to the 2014 cycling calendar, which is set a few days after the listed inaugural women’s Tour of Britain 2014.
The weekend of the 17 and 18 May 2014 includes The Thoresby CiCLE Tour Sportif, together with a new elite women’s road race, the Thoresby CiCLE Classic, which will form part of The British Cycling Women’s National RR series.
The women’s pro race will retain the gutsy character of the men’s Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic which race director Colin Clews has nurtured and made an international success over ten years – with 2014 being the significant anniversary. It is famed for its off-road sections and the Thoresby sister event will follow a similar vein and intensity.
Race Director Colin Clews said, “We have been determined to build our CiCLE classic family. The new women’s road race, based on the Rutland-Melton classic is set to be the most challenging women’s single day road race ever staged in Britain, involving extensive off road sections.”
Helen O’Caroll from Dare2b said: “The event will be ground-breaking and set new standards and support for women’s road cycling. We know there is a huge appetite for women’s cycling and our company wishes to be at the forefront of that.”
It is hoped in future years that the race will also expand to international levels just as the men’s race has done in the Rutland-Melton Classic.
A spokesman for British Cycling said: “We have set our stall out to help encourage one million more women to cycle by 2020. Colin and Dare2b’s CiCLE race will be a super event for both participants and spectators alike and pushes the profile of women’s cycling on a national level.”
For further information about all the races contact:
Colin Clews (CiCLE Classics race director.)
+44(0)1572 787726 +44(0)7979 856262
To enter the Thoresby CiCLE Tour sportif – open to all (choice of distances) go to :