Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic: Amateurs add colour to Classic weekend

Climbing up the hill to Moscow Farm. Photo by Tim Williams. MMTP-270414 003 TW CiCLE Classic 3. EMN-150704-185534002
Climbing up the hill to Moscow Farm. Photo by Tim Williams. MMTP-270414 003 TW CiCLE Classic 3. EMN-150704-185534002
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Almost 2,000 riders are expected to hit the local roads during the course of CiCLE Classic weekend.

The centrepiece of the weekend will be the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic when 200 pro riders will battle it out over an arduous course on Sunday, February 26.

More than 1,500 amateurs are expected to take their turn the previous day at the Rutland CiCLE Tour when riders will test themselves over varying distances of sportives from 22 to 100 miles.

The second edition of the fledgling Junior CiCLE Classic has also drawn a big field of the best up-and-coming riders.

Entries are up on last year’s debut with more than 165 applications received for the 2015 race ahead of the official closing date.

The 92km race, which is staged on the morning of the senior international race, has been classified as a major counting event in British Cycling’s National Junior Road race series.

The winner of the inaugural 2014 Junior CiCLE Classic, James Shaw, has since gone on to join the under 23s development squad of the Lotto–Saudal professional team in Belgium.

The race will start and finish in Oakham town centre and take in five laps of a difficult circuit taking in Market Overton, Thistleton and Edmondthorpe, including two excursions through the off road sector at Barrow.