News – Women’s CiCLE Classic


A new event for 2016 is the inaugural Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race to take place on Sunday 17th July 2016

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News – Women’s CiCLE Classic

A new event for 2016 is the inaugural Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race to take place on Sunday 17th July 2016

The event which will start and finish in Melton Mowbray will bring Britain’s top Women road racing cyclists to the region to experience the ‘delights’ of Britain’s’ most challenging one day cycle road race.


The mens CiCLE Classic is now one of the most popular events in the British calendar

Differing only in distance and starting point from the Men’s International race, it will nevertheless see the Women covering many of the roads used by the Elite Men each April, with the passages of ‘Somerberg’ and Owston village featuring in the expected 100 -110 kms course.

As with the Men’s race, the event will conclude with a 15 kms finishing circuit in and through Melton Mowbray which takes in the infamous ‘Sawgate’ special sector, with just 12 kms remaining.

While the event is aimed at the top road racing Women in Britain, with its late introduction to the calendar, its final status is yet to be agreed with officials at British Cycling. But with a £1000 cash first prize on offer, it is expected that the event will prove as popular as April’s International CiCLE Classic amongst Britain’s Women.

“We intend to make the Women’s CiCLE Classic a replica in quality of its International ‘big brother’, in terms of presentation and professionalism,” said overall CiCLE Classics Race Director Colin Clews.

He continued, “Two years ago we aimed to stage a Women’s CiCLE Classic, but at the time the alternative venue and course could not achieve the standard that we wished to see. However, during our recent ‘TV Crowdfunding’ initiative, we were approached by someone wishing to support the promotion of domestic Women’s racing and in particular a Women’s CiCLE Classic. As a result of positive discussions with the individual ‘sponsor’ and together with local partners, the project has come together and happily can be raced on the CiCLE Classic’s home territory.”

The plans for the event include a 12.00 noon start from Melton Mowbray town centre and a finish at the same point some three hours later, although the exact detail of the course is yet to be finalised.

Similarly, although at present the event lacks a title sponsor, it is expected that several of the sponsors of the international Men’s race may wish to be involved also with the Women’s CiCLE Classic. The organisation are however seeking new sponsors although they stress that the current underwriting of the event ensures that the inaugural event will take place as planned, with a field of 120 riders having been requested.

The day will centre around the Women’s race, but an added attraction will be the Dare2b Melton CiCLE Challenge sportives for all comers, male and female which will start earlier in the day from Melton Mowbray and finish at the same town centre finishing point as that used later by the Women’s CiCLE Classic. The courses for each of the sportives will also cover many of the roads covered by the Women, including the off road sections of ‘Somerberg’ and Owston.

The Dare2b Melton CiCLE Challenge sportives will be organised in partnership with the experienced Cycle Classics organisation who promote amongst other events the ‘Cheshire Cobbled Classic’ and ‘Tour of the Black Country’ which are a match with the CiCLE Classics competitive events.

Entries for both the Women’s CiCLE Classic and Dare2b Melton CiCLE Challenge sportives will be open shortly via the British Cycling On Line entry system.

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