There are few sights in the borough as colourful or spectacular as the annual Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic which makes its return on Sunday.
Riders from more than 20 countries will follow the same 180km course as in 2014 with two major climbs of Cold Overton, four at Burrough-on-the-Hill before a final ascent of Cuckoo Hill 20km from the finish line.
The Classic starts at 11am in Oakham High Street and is expected to reach the Sherrard Street finish in Melton for the first time around 3pm.
Riders will then begin a final 15km circuit and return to Sherrard Street for the finish about 25 minutes later.
As well as international interest, this year has attracted more local support with several first-time sponsors.
Melton-based Vortex Watch & Clock Centre sponsor the race timing system, while Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe will give a specially-commissioned pork pie to the first rider across the finish line on the first passage of the race through Sherrard Street.
Melton’s annual Scout parade celebrating the patron saint of England, also promises to be an eye-catching affair on Sunday.
Hundreds of proud Scouts and their leaders will be on the march through the town, with the parade due to set off from the Tuxford and Tebbutt car park in Thorpe End at 12.30pm. A service will take place in St Mary’s Church at 1pm, including the presentation of Scouting awards. The parade will later reform and is due to finish its march back at about 2.45pm - in time for the exciting conclusion to the CiCLE Classic.
For a full CiCLE Classic preview, including the best places to catch all the action, turn to page 70 of yesterday’s Melton Times.