News: CiCle Classic Getting Popular

38 teams entered for the 2017 CiCLE Classic on Sunday, April 23rd for unique British UCI ranked 180km road race

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News: CiCle Classic Getting Popular

With just four weeks to go before this year’s 13th Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic on Sunday 23rd April, the field has been finalised at 38 teams, the largest number for any edition of the race so far.

The continuing popularity of the race which after filling the 180 available places has meant the turning away of over 60 further entries has astounded even the race organisation.

With the addition this year of an extra 10 kms of racing on top of the 179 kms of previous editions of a race, widely regarded as one of the most challenging one day race on the British and continental race circuits, has seemingly only served to increase competitor interest.

“This year we have ten foreign registered teams in the race, together with a team representing Ulster, all of which reduces the opportunities for smaller British domestic teams to take part in what is one of only two opportunities each year to ride in an international race on British soil”, said Race Director Colin Clews, continuing, “ But nevertheless we have tried to accommodate as many small teams as we can in this year’s race, resulting in a record overall number of squads, many of whom we have had to limit to four rather than six riders. The result we hope will be the most competitive race ever, and an edition of the race to outdo all that have gone before.”

With all the top British UCI teams entered, and following their disappointment at being denied a place in Le Tour de Yorkshire that takes place just a few days after the CiCLE Classic, Team Wiggins will be on the Oakham start line and will no doubt wish to prove a point? Following the recent official launch of the race’s new route, hosted aptly by Stapleford Park Hotel near Melton, which will provide a thrilling venue for two further ‘special sectors’ of the race within the last 25 kms., the race looks as if more than ever the deciding moves will come in the latter stages of the now four and three quarter hours of racing.

The total number of ‘special sectors’ within the 2017 route will remain unchanged from previous editions at eleven. However, with several of the old sectors having been upgraded to ‘normal’ roads following repair over recent years, these have been replaced with the new ‘Barleyberg’ and ‘StaplePark’ sectors, which will add nearly four kilometres to the total distance of off road sections included in the course.
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11 Barleyberg. 48.2 kms 1300 m *****
10 Newbold 76.5 kms 1100 m **
9 ”WattBike” Manorberg (Pass 1) 86.0 kms 700 m ****
8 “WattBike” Manorberg (Pass 2) 108.2 kms 700 m ****
7 “WattBike” Somerberg 122.2 kms 2200 m *****
6 “WattBike” Manorberg (Reverse) 121.0 kms 1800 m ****
5 Newbold Manor 136.1 kms 1200 m **
4 “ WattBike” Somerberg (Reverse) 145.6 kms 2200 m *****
3 “ WattBike” StaplePark (Pass 1) 161.0 kms 2100 m ****
2 Sawgate 172.8 kms 500 m *****
1 “WattBike” StaplePark (Pass 2) 178.5 kms 2100 m ****

The latter section (above), through the grounds of the prestigious Stapleford Park Hotel is a particularly exciting innovation this year. Dissecting the international standard golf course and skirting a landscape created by Capability Browne, the race is truly ‘breaking new ground’. Along with ‘Manorberg’ and ‘Somerberg’ this section will be sponsored this year by internationally renowned Nottingham based company WattBike.

Not that even this innovation is likely to deter the usual crowds expected to watch the race at its ’adopted ‘ heart, the small village of Owston which will once again witness seven passages of the race and provide the venue for the ‘Grainstore Brewery’ sponsored ‘winners weight in beer’ sprint award for the first rider at a sprint line outside Manor Farm on the second passage of the village, won last year by Rory Townsend.

With the CiCLE Classic having adopted The Mount Group, Riding for the Disabled (RDA) based at Somerby Equestrian Centre as its chosen charity, this support will be emphasised with the local regional team riding the event wearing race clothing advertising the charity. Said Clews, “We hope that in addition to the international teams that the public will especially cheer on this team, who will be representing such a worthy cause as the local ‘Mount Group’ whose members will be present at both the start and finish, and around the course.”

The associated Giant Rutland CiCLE Tour sportif events starting and finishing at the CiCLE Classic race sponsors Giant Store premises at Normanton will once again be held on Saturday 22nd April the day prior to the International race and expects to draw in over 1500 cyclists to the area. Entries for these events continue to be open, and entry details can be found at

Teams Entered
JLT-Condor 01-6 UCI Continental
Madison-Genesis 07-12 UCI Continental
Raleigh-GAC 13-18 UCI Continental
Monkey Town 19-24 UCI Continental
ONE ProCycling 25-30 UCI Continental
Bike Channel-Canyon 31-36 UCI Continental
WPG Amsterdam 37-42 Dutch Elite Team
Guerciotti-Redondella 43-48 Spanish Elite Team
An Post-Chain Reaction 49-54 UCI Continental
Aseg Douai 55-60 French Elite Team
Neon Velo 61-66 British Elite Team
C.C.Villeneuve/St Germain 67-72 French Elite Team
Catford- Banks 73-78 British Elite Team
Dare-Viator-Partizan 79-84 UCI Continental
Reitumu Banca 85-90 UCI Continental
Team Wiggins 91-96 UCI Continental
Metaltek-Kuota 97-102 British Elite Team
Brother-NRG-DriverPLan 103-108 British Elite Team 109-114 UCI Continental
Start 115-120 UCI Continental
Spirit-Tifosi RT 121-126 British Elite Team
Cycling Ulster 127-131 National Team
VCUK-Velo Champion 132-136 British Elite Team
Wheelbase-Altura-MGB 137-141 British Elite Team
Team KTM 142-146 British Club Team
Wellingborough RT 147-150 British Club Team
Flamme Rouge RT 151-154 British Club Team
Team PB Performance 155-158 British Club Team
East Mids.-RDA 159-162 British Regional Team
ProVision RT 163-166 British Club Team
Leisure Lakes Bikes 167-170 British Club Team
RPD Racing 171-174 British Club Team
Southdowns-Casco 175-178 British Club Team
Godfrey Bikewear Rt 179-182 British Club Team
Giant -Wattbike 183-186 British Club Team
TBW Bottechia-Wigmore RT 187-190 British Club Team
OVB 191-194 British Club Team
QSW Cycling Team 195-198 British Club Team



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