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Preview: 2012 Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic

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Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic
Location: Oakham, Rutland
Event: Sunday 29 April 2012
Source: Organiser PR


On Sunday 29 April 2012, a strong field of national and international riders will line up for the 8th edition of the Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic, Britain’s only UCI ranked single day race which is sponsored this year by Mountivation.

Zak Dempster win the 2011 race - he's back but riding for Endura for the 2012 edition

This will be the longest ever version of the race ever taking the riders 114 miles between the neighbouring towns of Oakham (Rutland) and Melton Mowbray.

Starting in Oakham town centre at 11.00am, the race will be flagged away by local dignatories including Oakham town Mayor, Joyce Lucas and the Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan MP presided over by BBC TV cycling commentator , and former four times World Cycling champion Hugh Porter MBE.

From there the race takes in an opening two laps of the main roads around Rutland Water before re-entering Oakham to contest the Oakham Wines sponsored Hot Sport sprint award racing onwards to Langham and Cold Overton and the first King of the Hills climb of the day and the narrow roads which characterise the race. From there the race then enters it ‘heart’ covering over the next two hours the narrow and rough roads and hills around the villages of Somerby, Owston and Burrough-on-the-Hill where the race is played out highlighted by two passages of the notorious ‘Somerberg’ sector near Knossington , which is arguably the roughest road use for a cycle race in Britain.

The race then moves to its finale as it then heads to Whissendine and Burton Lazers, both of which the race passes through twice for the first time this year. On the first passage of Whissendine the races last Hot Spot sprint of the day will take place and as usual Sawgate Lane will serve as the final and often deciding rough sector of the day. However after this final sector the race will retrace back to Whissendine and back to Burton Lazers giving full opportunity for spectators to the final rough passage before making their way to the finish in Sherrard Street around 15.25.

Supporting attractions will be taking place around both the start and finish in Oakham and Melton town centres and as ever Owston will be offering up its famous BBQ and a commentary position for several hours of the event. The annual Melton St Georges Day parade will also take place once again a short time before the arrival of the leading cyclists.

Where to see the race?

In 2012 the opportunities to view the race many times has been increased significantly. For the enthusiastic spectator it is possible to see the race in over 10 places during its circuitous route between Oakham and Melton. Here are a few suggestions:

 - The START in Oakham Town Centre
 - At the Stamford Road bypass island just outside Oakham as the race completes its fitrts lap of Rutland Water.
 - In Oakham Town Centre to see the Oakham Wines sprint be contested.
 - The top of Cold Overton hill for the first King of the Hills climb.
 - In Somerby for the first passage of the race there.
 - Owston or Burrough on the Hill for the races many passages through those villages.or back to
 - Cold Overton Hill for the fourth King of the Hills climb, or onto ‘Somerberg’ (Bruces Lane) for the ultimate CiCLE Classic experience .
 - Leesthorpe Crossroads or Whissendine village to see the first passage of the race through the village and final Hot Spot sprint of the day.
 - At the exit from the final rough sector of the race at Sawgate Lane just on the edge of Melton.
 - At the FINISH in Sherrard Street.

Please allow plenty of time to get from one point to another and be prepared to encounter the road closures which will apply as soon as the race approaches and will apply until the last of the ‘effective’ race passes.

Also please remember to park your cars well off the road especially if parking on any of the many narrow roads that the race uses particularly around Owston and Burrough on the Hill.

If viewing at Owston please use the identified car parks and always obey any instructions from race marshals.

Riders to Watch

Last year Zak Dempster, riding for Rapha- Condor –Sharp, scored an emphatic sprint win from the leading group of 13 who had survived the 105 miles race. This year Dempster returns, wearing number one and heading his new Endura team who have this year record an impressive list of performances in events in continental Europe. He will be supported by a strong team which includes former National road race champion and Team Sky rider Russell Downing.

Rapha Condor Sharp field a young squad this year, but with wins to his name already this year Ben Grenda looks a solid bet for a podium place.

The Danish Glud & Marstrand –LRO team returns again for their fifth challenge on the race which has already netted them one win, one second and two third places in previous editions. With Niki Ostergaard one of Denmarks bright hopes for the future amongst the team and with the event being one of their targets for the early season, Ostergaard, or any of his teammates could claim the win.

Arrayed against these three is a strong line-up of domestic and international teams, all capable of getting a man into the all-important break and with the rough roads and unpredictable conditions, luck will also play a part in deciding the winner.

Start List

Endura (GBR)

D.S: SMITH, Brian

1 DEMPSTER, Zak (Aus)

2 ANDERSON, Jack (Aus)

3 BLAIN, Alexander (Fra)

4 PARTRIDGE, Rob

5 WINDSOR, Dean (Aus)

6 DOWNING, Russell


Team UK Youth (GBR)

D.S: POVALL, David

50 GUSTAVSSON, Niklas (Swe)

51 OPIE, Chris

52 McGOWAN, David

53 TANGUY, Richard

54 STEWART, James

55 LEWIS, Gruff


Wheelbase- MGB (GBR)

D.S: DALTON, Toby

102 REID, Stuart

103 PENN, William

104 SUMNER, Grahame

105 PULLAR, Jack

106 GREENHAULGH, Tony


Hope Racing (GBR)

D.S:

146 OLDHAM, Paul

147 WILLIAMS, Matthew

148 BOOTH, Daniel

149 THOMPSON, James

150 COLLINS, Dave


Cycle Premier (GBR)

D.S. FREEMAN, Rod

7 BERLING, Michael (Den)

8 ADAMS, Stephen

9 BJERGFELT, William

10 MOZLEY, Jon

11 FALDER, Russell

12 BLACK, Tom


KTM- Murcia (ESP)

D.S:

56 THOMAS, Simon

57 PEREZ, Juan Miguel

58 RIENDA, Juan Carlos

59 CASARUBIO, Oscar

60 GONZALEZ, Hugo

61 JUAREZ, Ramon


Herbalife- Leisure Lakes (GBR)

D’.S: TAYLOR, Neil

107 GILHAM, Kit

108 HAWDON, Andrew

109 HASSAN, Robbie

110 COUPE, Andrew

111 CUTSWORTH, Jack

112 KAY, Alistair


Team Wallis Cycles (GBR)

D.S: WALLIS, Martin

151 SMAIL, Robert

152 ABBOTT, Stephen

153 TIPPER, Jacob

154 CRELLIN, John

155 NICHOLSON, Calum


Node 4 -Giordana. (GBR)

D.S: ELLIOT, Malcolm

13 ROGERS, Rico

14 BIALOBLOCKI, Marcin

15 CRONSHAW, Matt

16 NORTHEY, Mike

17 LAVERY, Philip

18 WILLIAMS, Pete


Deschuytter-Westk’ke (BEL)

D.S: Deschuytter, Filip

62 BULTINCK, Jimmy

63 VOLCKAERT, Tom

64 DELAMEILLEURE, Matt

65 LAPIERRE, Ward

66 LIBBRECHT, Emmanuel

67 VANDERMEIREN, Ward


VanillaBikes.Com (GBR)

D.S: HODGSON, Geoff

113 GREENWOOD, Ben

114 BYRNE, Dillon

115 ROBINSON, Alisair

116 JACKSON, Samuel

117 FINN, Ashley


Team Raleigh -GAC (GBR)

D.S: PRIDHAM, Cherie

19 SULZBERGER, Bernard(Aut)

20 HOLLOWAY, Daniel (Usa)

21 HOLOHAN, Liam

22 HORTON, Tobyn

23 OLIPHANT, Evan

24 HAMPTON, Russell


Geofco- Ville D’Alger (ALG)

D.S: COUPE, Geoffrey

68

69

70

71

72

73


Performance -CMI (GBR)

D.S: WALTERS, David

118 MURISON, Al

119 HOTCHKISS, Todd

120 RYAN, Connor

121

122 DUNBAR, Luke


Lough. Univ. Perf. Team. (GBR)

D.S:

160 KING, Alexander

161 NICHOLS, Dave

162 THELWELL, Michael

163 ULMER, Matthew


Rapha - Condor (GBR)

D.S: SOUTHAM, Tom

25 ROSSI, Oliver

26 GRENDA, Ben (Aus)

27 ENGLISH, Felix (Irl)

28 GRIVELL-MELLOR, Luke

29 JENNINGS, Christ (Rsa)

30 KENNAUGH, Timothy


Asfra- Flanders (BEL)

D.S: ASSEZ, Luc

74 BOWATER, Perry

75 BARNES, Michael

76 HEASTHCOTE, Richard

77 McCARTHY, Eoin

78 NICHOLSON, Michael

79 ROBERSTSO, Scott


Sportscover-Altura (GBR)

D.S: BROWN, David

123 BROWN, Ashley

124 MORALEE, Duncan

125 DUGGLEBY, Adam

126 THWAITES, Mark


GWR-Swindon (GBR)

D.S:

164 DUNCOMB-ROGERS, Brock

165 WIECKOWSKI, Jess

166 DENNY, Rupert

167LKINSON, Chris


Hargroves - Trant (GBR)

D.S HARGROVES, Pete

31 FIELD, Ian

32 CRAWFORTH, Jody

33 HARGROVES, Andrew

34 JAMES, Steve


CMI- Trilogy Group (USA)

D.S:

80 GUCWA, Zbigniew

81 JULIEN, Sebastian

82 GREEN, Simeon

83 SOULA, Guillaume


Spin Rotor Racing (GBR)

D.S: BATT, Neil

127 SCOTT, Jamie

128 LONDORS, Paul

129 PALMER, David

130 ROBERTSON, Paul


Team Corley Cycles (GBR)

D.S: HOOPER, Dick

168 JONES, Matthew

169 COX, Ashley

170 STONES, Liam

171 SMITH, Michael


Glud & Marstrand –LRO (DEN)

D.S: SKELDE, Michael

35 OSTERGAARD, Niki

36 JORGENSEN, Kasper

37 GADE JACOBSEN, Mathias

38 STEREBO, Rasmus

39 HANSEN, Jesper

40 CLAUSEN, Patrick


Metaltec (GBR)

D.S: SWAIN, Andrew

84 SIX, Marcel

85 APPLEBY, Dale

86 GEE, Matt

87 HALPIN, Stephen

88 LLOYD, Rhys

89 WILSON, Steve


B.C. East Mids.l Reg(GBR)

D.S:

131 HENRY, Ryan

132 COYLE, Chris

133 BARRATT, Matt

134 JENNINGS, Matt


Twenty3C.co.uk-Orbea (GBR)

D.S: SHANNON, Dean

172 LYONS, Andy

173 SZLACHTA, Wojciech

174 BERRIL, Clem

175 ATKINS, Lewis


Velo 29 -OTR( VANKRU (GBR)

D.S: WILLIAMSON, Richard

41 NORLEDGE, Joe

42MARK, Christopher

43 SMITH, Dan

44 ORR, Rob

45 MOYE, Anthony


IG Markets- Sigma (GBR)

D.S: FREWING, Becky

90 RICHARDSON, Simon

91 LAST, Tom

92 LLOYD, Daniel

93 CRAVEN, Dan

94 LAMPIER, Steve

95 SYBRANDY, Wouter


DirtwheelsCycles (GBR))

D.S: HENDRY, Neil

135 PERRY, mark

136 ROSE, Graham

137 BULMER, Matthew

138 WHITEHEAD, Zak

139 DROGER, Dieter


G.B. U 23 Academy (GBR)

D.S: LAMBERT, Keith

176 YATES, Simon

177 DOULL, Owain

178 GALLAGHER, Kenta

179 FERGUSON, Grant.


Arbo-Grbruder-Weiss (AUT)

D.S.: HAUSER, Oskar

96 ERLER, Tobias

97 SCHRANGL, Alexander

98 RANACHER, Lukas

99 GROMER, Philipp

100 GOGL, Lichael

101 SCHINAGL, Philip


ETCETERA-WorldofBike (GRE)

D.S: TENTSOS, Georgios

140 Van de SCHUEREN, Kenny

141 IONNIDIS, Nikolaos

142 KATRAKIS, Christos

143 KONSTANTINIDIS, Konstant.

144 SCHULTZ, Phillip

145 TOLLES, Joachim