“I love the warm and great atmosphere all around the event from the organisation to all the spectators along the parcours.” “You need to be in peak condition, have the capabilities to stay at the front of the pack, not be afraid to do some hard work when needed.”
Welcome to the Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic
14th Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic will take place on Sunday 22nd April 2018.
But for now,
Enjoy your welcome to the International Elite race, and details of the Women’s and Junior races on their respective pages.
The most longed for Spring Classic race after ‘De Ronde’ and ‘Roubaix’.
And adding to the ‘Classics’ nature of the event, we are pleased to announce that
will once again be providing medical services to the 2018 International CiCLE Classic on 22nd April and Women’s and Junior CiCLE Classics on 3rd June. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.
“The UK’s own TRUE Spring Classic”; judge for yourself!
For the OFFICIAL Channel 4 film of the 2016 race, produced by Dream Team TV, go to:
The Melton Building Society was confirmed once more as sponsor of the Team competition at the 2017 CiCLE Classic, won on this occasion by ONEPro Cycling.
Tim Norton (Ford) of Oakham continue their support of the CiCLE Classic as the official vehicle supplier to the 2017 CiCLE Classic, their 13th 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 were able to ‘savour’ the delights of ‘Somerberg’ as their race took place earlier in the day and alongside the 2nd Women’s CiCLE which staged for the first time in 2016.(See Women’s page for details.) Both the latter races will take place in the same manner in 2018.
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 2017 edition took the riders 121 miles (195 kms) 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’.
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 2017 the Rutland CiCLE Tour saw over 1300 participants and continues to grow in popularity as the leading sportif in the East Midlands. Anyone visiting the CiCLE Classic can enjoy the 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.
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