News: Women’s CiCLE Classic


Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling Team is number 1 on the entry for the Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race to take place on Sunday

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News: Women’s CiCLE Classic

Event Press Release

Real excitement surrounds the first edition of the Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race to take place on Sunday 17th July 2016 with optimism around the latest challenge that Women cyclists have on offer to them within Britain, and the wider World.

With a £4000 plus prize list and £1000 first prize, the event already sets a standard that most other British and European races will find it hard to compete. But the course equally presents a higher standard and demands upon competitors than most events can achieve.

As proved every April in the International CiCLE Classic race for Men, contested by teams from across Europe and beyond, in front of the competitors will be possibly the hardest course that a Women’s race anywhere in the World has encountered.

With a well proven formula, the organisers hope that the Women’s event will prove as popular as the Men’s race.

With sponsorship for this inaugural Women’s event provided by Peter Stanton, a fervent advocate and supporter of the development of Women’s racing, the Women’s CiCLE Classic has been designed to reflect the toughness and character of a Men’s race, something that has been lacking in the recent rush to provide racing opportunities for Women across the World.

”The field that has been attracted for our first event is a strong one with representation from most of Britain’s foremost Women’s professional teams. Not the least being Drops Cycling, who having recently contested the Women’s Tour of Britain, have entered their top rider, Alice Barnes, a close second behind elder sister Hannah in the recent British Cycling’s National Road Race Championship.

With Alice a strong favourite for the first Women’s CiCLE Classic, the contest already looks set to be well highly competitive.” said overall CiCLE Classics Race Director Colin Clews.

A replica in quality and presentation of its International ‘big brother’, the course makes no concessions and will prove possible the greatest test that Women have faced in cycling this year. The event will proved the ultimate test replicating the cut and thrust of continental racing in the same manner as the Men’s CiCLE Classic each April.

Following much of the hardest parts of the route of the longest established British International one day Men’s race, the Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic held each April, the Women’s course will take in five passages of Owston village, the now established ‘heart’ of the CiCLE Classic, as well as two passages of the dreaded ‘Somerberg’ off road section near Somerby in addition to one ascent of Cold Overton Hill, which will be the first climb counting for the Queen of the Hills competition which will also take in Burrough and Cuckoo Hills to complete that competition.

The event which will start at 12.00 noon from Sherrard Street and finish at the same point, will cover in between a 95 kms course. In the same way as the International CiCLE Classic now finishes, the Women will pass through the finish line in Melton’s Sherrard Street once before taking in a 15 kms finishing circuit involving Burton Road, Sawgate Lane, Stapleford Lane and Saxby Road before returning to Sherrard Street to finish properly at around 14.35 .

Vehicle sponsorship for the event will be provided by the Sandicliffe Group, showing off a wide range and variety of brands that they feature in their range, and TimeFix of Sherrard Street , Melton will once again sponsor the lead timing car as they also do at the International race each year.

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 remain open and are available via the British Cycling On Line entry system.


1 Alice Barnes Drops Cycling Team Elite
2 Laura Cameron Drops Cycling Team 1st
3 Rebecca Durrell Drops Cycling Team 1st
4 Laura Massey Drops Cycling Team Elite
5 Rose Osbourne Drops Cycling Team 2nd
6 Rebecca Womersley Drops Cycling Team 2nd
7 Eleanor Dickinson Drops Cycling Development Team 1st
8 Rachel Crighton Team 22 2nd
9 Elizabeth Denby Team 22 3rd
10 Samantha Verrill Team 22 2nd
11 Charlotte Alston Team 22 1st
12 Flora Gillies Team 22 1st
13 Phoebe Martin Team 22 2nd
14 Clemence Copie Les Filles Racing Team 1st
15 Louise Mahe Les Filles Racing Team 1st
16 Laura Greenhalgh Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
17 Delia Beddis Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
18 Helen McKay Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
19 Jane Hellewell SunSport Velo 3rd
20 Madeleine Scott SunSport Velo 2nd
21 Anouska Edwards SunSport Velo 3rd
22 Alice Sharpe SunSport Velo 2nd
23 Sophie Thackray SunSport Velo 3rd
24 Julie Erskine Team Ford Ecoboost 1st
25 Adele Martin Team Ford Ecoboost 2nd
26 Sophie Fennell Team Ford Ecoboost 3rd
27 Elizabeth Holden Team Ford Ecoboost 2nd
28 Melissa Brand Team Ford Ecoboost 2nd
29 Amy Gornall Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa 2nd
30 Bethany Hayward Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa 2nd
31 Gabriella Shaw Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa Elite
32 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Fierlan 2nd
33 Jennifer Holden Fusion RT Fierlan 2nd
34 Fiona Hunter Johnston Fusion RT Fierlan 2nd
35 Elizabeth Stedman Fusion RT Fierlan 2nd
36 Ellie Campbell Fusion RT Fierlan 3rd
37 Monica Dew Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C 2nd
38 Nikola Matthews Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C 2nd
39 Kelly Murphy Boot Out Breast Cancer C.C 2nd
40 Madeleine Gammons RP Vision Racing Team 2nd
41 Natasha Reddy RP Vision Racing Team 2nd
42 Sian Botteley Starley Racing 2nd
43 Claire Swoboda Starley Racing 3rd
44 Isla Rush AJCHVA-LIMOUX 3rd
45 Alice Cobb AJCHVA-LIMOUX 2nd
46 Lauren Humphreys Bonito Squadra Corse 2nd
47 Lauren Murphy Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coaching 2nd
48 Harriet Owen Matrix Fitness p/b Corley Cycles 2nd
49 Molly Patch CC London 2nd
50 Hannah Righini-Brand Team 2nd
51 Rebecca Johnson Fast Test Racing Team 2nd
52 Michelle Lee Team Milton Keynes 3rd
53 Neah Evans Glasgow Whlrs 2nd
54 Alice Staniford Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT 2nd
55 Amira Mellor Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles ERT 3rd
56 Stephanie Mottram 2nd
57 Enya Tabram Team Jewson-M.I.Racing-Polypipe 4th
58 Tamsin Vicary Manchester Wheelers Club 3rd
59 Jennifer Batey Team 2nd
60 Sarah Burke Team Jadan-Weldtite 2nd
61 Steph Clayton Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team 2nd
62 Jayne Dickens Vision Racing 2nd
63 Charlotte Heywood Twickenham CC 2nd
64 Corrine Hall IKON – Mazda 1st
65 Sophie Enever Speedflex Race Team 2nd
66 Connie Hudson RP Vision Racing Team 2nd
67 Louise Laker Aprire Bycycles
68 Lucy Harper Aprire Bycycles
69 Chloe Baggs Aprire Bycycles
70 Harriet Mellor Aprire Bycycles
71 Tina Winzer Aprire Bycycles
72 Sophie Lankford Aprire Bycycles





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