Women’s CiCLE Classic

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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:

Revised course 2016 Women.1

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.

Starting and finishing in Melton Mowbray town centre and using the same finishing circuit and line as the men, the Women’s race had 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.

A revised date, possibly in June is being negotiuated with British Cycling for the 2nd edition of the race in 2017, when it is hoped that the full 120 places on offer to start the race can be filled.

More information to follow in due course.

For further information:

Colin Clews 07979 85 6262