News: 2nd Women’s CiCLE Classic

Nearly 100 riders entered for the second edition of the Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race (June 4)

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News: 2nd Women’s CiCLE Classic

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With just over two three weeks to the second edition of the Women’s CiCLE Classic pro cycle race, a top class field of nearly 100 riders has entered to take on the unique challenge that the race presents to Britain’s women cyclists on Sunday 4th June.

First held just last year, when a field of just 62 riders took the start, of which only 13 survived the arduous 95 kms route, starting and finishing in Melton town centre, the popularity of that first event and its unique nature has led to a greatly increased field of 120 for 2017.

With a £1000 first prize, a prize value unknown for most Men’s let alone a Women’s race in Britain, the race this year features as a round of British Cycling’s Women’s National road race series for 2017 and has drawn a field of top Women cyclists from across Britain.

Last year’s winner Rebecca Durell (Drops Cycling) competes again and leads a full team this year from that squad, something denied her in 2016 when the event clashed with another major event in Europe.

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.
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”From its introduction last year, we have aimed to make the Women’s CiCLE Classic a replica in quality and presentation of its International ‘big brother’, but also to do so without making the usual concessions that are made by promoters to the ‘fairer sex’. We wanted to provide British Women racers with an event that tests them to the extreme, and replicates the cut and thrust of continental racing, something that only the CiCLE Classic can offer,” said overall CiCLE Classics Race Director Colin Clews.

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 14.00 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 17.00 .

The day will centre around the Women’s race, but this year the best Junior Men road racing cyclists in Britain will have there chance to shine over the same course as the Women. Starting from Melton Town centre at 9.30, 120 Junior Men, including current European and World Junior Cycling champion, Tom Pidcock, who earlier this year showed his prowess at road racing by winning the Junior edition of the famous ‘Paris-Roubaix’ race in Northern France, the event upon which the CiCLE Classic has been styled.



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