Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic – race report

Sunday was the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. The teams first UCI race of the season.
The team lined up with 6 strong guys. For some of the team it was to be their first ever UCI race and it was a good learning experience and will help them to develop as riders.
The CICLE Classic is always an epic race and brings out some fast, aggressive racing. The roads are narrow and the off road sectors brutal!
With 100km of racing completed all our riders were still sitting comfortable in the front group and things were looking good for a few top 20 results. It wasn’t until the riders hit the Somerberg sector that we lost 2 of our strong guys- Jeremy Durrin & Marc Potts. Both guys unfortunately suffered untimely punctures and so by the time the team car was able to get to the guys for service the fast moving Peleton was long gone. Marc and Jeremy had to settle into a chase group some 8 minutes down by the finish line. This group contained 5 of our riders.

We asked Jeremy what he thought of the race after he finished –

It was a really fast race, and pretty aggressive going into the early sectors. But it seemed as if the teams were not happy letting anything get up the road, so it was a big fight to the start of all the sectors to keep yourself safe. I positioned myself well all day, and once we hit the Somerberg I had an untimely flat when the race was starting to kick off making it impossible to catch back on through the tiny roads. I was very disappointed when it happened as I was feeling strong – but thats the nature of this race. There is a lot of luck involved. On to the next one.

Ollie Maxwell put in a strong ride despite not having the best legs on the day to finish 42nd. He was our top finisher of the day.

This race is very much about luck and who can survive the crazy off road sectors & not puncture at any crucial points.

Welldone to Kieran, Ollie, Marc, Bjergy, Arthur & Jeremy.

Photos by – Sam Larner