Women’s CiCLE Classic



In the closing sprint after 104 kms of what many competitors described as ‘brutal’ racing Rebecca Durrell (Drops Cycling Team) held on to the closest of wins over Elizabeth Holden (Team Ford Ecoboost) with Bethany Hayward (Podium Ambition a nearby third in the first ever edition of the Women’s CiCLE Classic on Sunday 17th July.

Post race comments;

“This was the hardest Women’s race ever”

“Fantastic spectacle of an event for Women’s racing!”

” This will become a Classic!”

No one who witnessed the race will disagree, other than perhaps, like the Men’s race; in it’s FIRST edition it already became a “Classic”!!

Run off in brilliant sunshine and with a fierce pace from the outset, just 12 competitors from the 56 starters completed the course which was very similar to that used for the Men’s international race each April.

2017 start list.



2016           Winner :              Rebecca      Durrell     (Drops Cycling Team)        3h.03.47

Queen of the Bergs:              Julie Erskine              (Team Ford Ecoboost)

Course map:Womens Route FINAL

Full route details provided below:

Course-2017-Women.Juniors1 (4)

Sunday 17th July 2016 saw the first ever Womens CiCLE Classic, and over many of the same roads as the Men’s earlier in April at the annual International Rutland -Melton CiCLE Classic.

In 2017, using the same course, although hopefully with the addition of the ‘Sawgate sector’ as part of the finishing circuit the Women again take centre stage on Sunday 4th June.

Starting and finishing in Melton Mowbray town centre and using a slightly shorter finishing circuit as the men, the Women’s race has a first prize of £1000, down to 20th place, although the toughness of the course enabled only 12 hardy souls able to complete the course in 2016. In 2017 with nearly twice the number of starters the race looks set to be a ‘cracker’!!!

Unique in so many ways as within the British cycling calendar, the event is once again sponsored by an individual, Peter Stanton, a long time supporter of Women’s racing within the UK.


For further information:

Colin Clews 07979 85 6262