Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic: where to watch the race

The 2015 Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic route EMN-150420-115656002
The 2015 Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic route EMN-150420-115656002
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With a little careful planning you can follow the race to all its high points, or if you prefer, just settle in at your favourite spot.

After the CiCLE Classic leaves Oakham at 11am for two laps of Rutland Water, the High Street welcomes back the Junior CiCLE Classic finishers about half-an-hour later. The international race riders then return through the town at full speed just after noon.

From there spectators can make their way to Owston, ‘the heart of the race’ where the race passes through six times.

Here it is possible to see the riders flash by more than once on most passages just by walking a short distance. The village hall committee has again organised off road parking, barbecues and toilet facilities.

There are also several special sectors in and around the village including Green Lane and The Farmyard.

By leaving Owston after the fifth passage, spectators can still reach Melton well in time to see the finish.

Burrough-on-the-Hill is another recommended spectator point and hosts four race passages. Here, Grants public house is a popular on-route hostelry.

Race newcomers are urged to visit the punishing Somerberg off-road special sector, between Somerby and Knossington, which riders must conquer twice.

On the minor roads, around Owston and Burrough particularly, vehicle access will be strictly controlled, so please follow instructions from marshals, and park well off the race route.

At Cold Overton, riders tackle the long and gruelling climb from the A606 twice, at about 12.20pm and 1.35pm, before tackling their first passage of Somerberg.

Most of the race takes place to the south of the A606 Oakham-Melton road, but shortly before the finish it reverts to the north side to take in the lung-busting ascent of Cuckoo Hill.

The race then embarks upon its new 15km finishing circuit, past Stapleford Park, and along Saxby Road to enter Melton’s Sherrard Street and cross the finish line for the first time.

Riders will then leave Melton up Burton Road to reach the final rough road special sector of Sawgate Lane, off the A606 near Burton Lazars.

With the addition of the new circuit, spectators can now see riders cover this final off-road sector before moving quickly to the town centre for the race’s big finish.

From Sawgate Lane, the race retraces the circuit past Stapleford Park to its conclusion in Melton.

Spectators waiting in the town will be entertained by the St George’s Day parade before the race builds to its climax, while Melton Town Band will perform and stalls will be open.

Saxby Road will be fully closed to traffic from Stapleford corner (Self Store) to the Thorpe End/Saxby Road junctions in Melton between 2.30pm and 4pm. There will also be limited access to Thorpe End between these hours.

All traffic travelling east from Melton town centre will be diverted along the A607 during this time.