News: Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic

Thirty six teams representing 25 different nations presents a record for the Rutland -Melton CiCLE Classic, will be on the start line of the 14th edition of the race to be held on Sunday 22nd April.

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News: Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic

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Thirty six teams representing 25 different nations presents a record for the Rutland -Melton CiCLE Classic, will be on the start line of the 14th edition of the race to be held on Sunday 22nd April.

The field, confirmed just a few days, ago provides a strong foreign challenge of ten teams, possibly representing the biggest threat to the domination of British squads in recent years, although even then the winner has not necessarily been of British nationality.

Neither, has the winner come from the highest ranked of the British teams with the 2017 winner being provided by the second tier Melton based Metaltec-Kuota team, who sadly will not form part of this year’s race as they are not contesting the 2018 season, with Dan Fleeman the surprise 2017 victor having retired from racing.

Once again the race will provide the single opportunity for riders from more lowly ranked British teams to take on the might of both British and continental based teams, offering the exciting prospect of the race featuring surprises galore, both in the uniqueness of the CiCLE Classic course, and unknown riders being given too much leeway by their more experienced fellow competitors.
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Teams contesting the 14th Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic

UCI Continental Teams 
ONE ProCycling                01-6 GBR
JLT-Condor                    07-12 GBR
Team Sauerland-NRW            13-18 GER
Madison-Genesis               19-24 GBR
Vitus Pro Cycling             25-30 GBR
Monkey Town                   31-36 NED
Memil- CCN Pro Cycling        37-42 FIN
Canyon-Eijsberg               43-48 GBR
Holdsworth- Campagnolo        61-66 IRL
Dare-Gavina                   85-90 ESP
Team Wiggins                  97-102 GBR

National /International Teams 
Latvia National Team          91-96 LAT
Guerciotti – Kiwi Atlantica   55-60 ESP
Aseg Douai                    67-72 FRA
Cotes A’mour                  109-114 FRA
V C Toucy                     121-126 FRA
WPG Amsterdam                 133-138 NED

British Teams 
Wheelbase-Altura-MGB          49-54 GBR
Morvelo-Basso                 73-78 GBR
Saint Piran                   79-84 GBR
Ribble Pro Cycling            103-108 GBR
Spirit-Tifosi RT              115-120 GBR
Team KTM                      127-132 GBR
Cycling Sheffield             181-184 GBR
Richardsons - Trek            139-143 GBR
Flamme Rouge RT               149-152 GBR
Team PB Performance           153-156 GBR
Leisure Lakes Bikes           161-164 GBR
Verulum- ReallyMoving         165-168 GBR
TBW23-Stuart Hall - Bottech.  169-172 GBR
OVB                           173-176 GBR
Cycling Team On Form          177-180 GBR

Regional British Teams 
RAF CA                        189-192 GBR
BC Central Region             157-160 GBR
Wales National Academy        185-188 GBR
East Mids.-RDA                144-148 GBR


“We have always prided ourselves at CiCLE Classic that we enable more lowly ranked British competitors to take on foreign competition on British roads, the only event in the country doing so this year. Seeing the riders rise to the challenge is always a satisfying time, and this year is likely to be no different than the 13 editions that have gone before, “ said Race Director Colin Clews.

Whilst Metaltec-Kuota are not taking part this year, there are many alternative local based teams such as the East Midlands Regional Team, wearing the jerseys of the Mount Group RDA that will still be there to receive the cheers of locals, along with OVN, PB Performance and Nottingham based Leisure Lakes.

Whilst the CiCLE Classic has tried to emulate the likes of the major Northern European Spring Classic races, it is interesting to note that many of the latter races have now followed the ideas of the CiCLE Classic by adding into their own routes sections of gravel roads to spice up their appeal. Clews continued,” When we set out to recreate the Spring Classic atmosphere of continental Europe in our race, something that we believe we have been successful in doing, little did we think that the very races that we sought to copy, would come around to copy us.”

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The CiCLE Classic will once again be the first UK based International cycle road race of the year.

As in 2017 this will be only the second year in the CiCLE Classic organisation has staged its three event programme in a two day format. The Men’s International race on Sunday 22nd April, followed by the 3rd edition of the Women’s professional CiCLE Classic on Sunday 3rd June, alongside the 5th Junior Men’s CiCLE Classic. Both these events will start and finish in Melton town Centre.
All three events will cover unique on and off-road courses in and around the Rutland and East Leicestershire countryside with total distance covered by each being the only difference.

Also new will be several sponsors with Bills Bar of Oakham sponsoring the start area in the Market Place, and providing the new sponsorship of the King of the Bergs competition which will be contested as usual over six climbs within the overall race route. Pearce’s jewellers of Melton and Oakham also step in to sponsor the Timing car that will proceed both the International race in April as well as the Junior Men’s and Women’s races in June.

A totally ‘unique’ international race experience recently captured by Channel 4 and broadcast across the World. Link:





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