News – Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic


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2015 edition, Sunday 26th April.

The Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic moves towards its second decade in 2015 and the organise Colin Clews says his race has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. He adds “we have not yet seen the best”!

Following the change of course in the ‘final’ this year, we believe that we have now found a format that suits the pattern of the race and optimizes the town centre layout in Melton. For 2015 we will therefore repeat the same route as well as continuing to feature a BC Junior Series race in and around Oakham on race day morning.

Once again the race HQ hotel will be located at Grantham, but expect to see a different name. Formerly the Ramada, the hotel was rebranded shortly after this year’s race and is now called the ‘Urban Hotel’. Under the same management, we have been promised the whole hotel over race weekend 2015, but even so it is still probable that some race personnel, as well as teams, may need to be ‘outposted’ at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough. This is due to increased demand as the race grows.

Foreign teams who have registered interest in being part of the final race line up in 2015 has been greater than ever before, with ten UCI continental teams having already sought invitations, in addition to two approaches on behalf of National Under 23 squads. As ever, the only limitation as to how many such teams are accepted being budgetary restrictions.

After relocating the finish line closer to the Market Place in Melton,and this proving successful, in 2015 the same finish point will be used. A ‘special ‘sprint point will be reinstated at the first passage of the finish line and negotiations are in hand for this to comprise a specially commissioned Pork Pie!! What else could it possibly be?

After discussions with the Police and Highways, 2015 will see a total closure on two sections of the course. From the start of the Classic until the completion of its two laps of Rutland Water, a one way system will be imposed on the North Shore (A606) with all civilian traffic heading towards Stamford being diverted along the South Shore. Additionally, after an experimental run this year, it has been decided that it is preferable to fully close the B676 leaving Melton during the two passages of this route as the race heads for the Melton finish. Both these closures will be supervised by professional Traffic Management personnel.

King of Hills competition gets new sponsor.
Following several years during which the KoH competition has not carried a title sponsor, The Brook ‘Whipper In’ located in Market Place, Oakham has come forward to sponsor this competition. The hotel, which is unfortunately too small to accommodate the formal Race HQ, is however, offering preferential rates to anyone wishing to attend the race. They are also prepared to offer the race and it’s guests hospitality services on the morning of the race, just a few yards from the official start line. More details of this later.

Radio communications
The race organization is also pleased to announce the addition of NextBigThink as its official radio communications partner. A mainland China based company, NextBigThink have assisted the CiCLE Classic in acquiring a UHF race radio system in line with BC specifications possibly second to none in Britain. With safety and security of races now being paramount, the system available will enable all race vehicles and all key marshalling positions to be linked together for the first time.

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