When race organiser Colin Clews said eight years ago that he wanted to create a British Race to rival Paris-Roubaix there were plenty who sniggered at the thought. Today's Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic, however, did exactly that in spectacular style. 162 riders started, 22 finished. As a local boy I couldn't miss the opportunity to witness this race first hand...
The route was specifically designed to stand up to the spring classics. It features punchy climbs and the 'Somerberg' farm track in undulating Rutland and Melton countryside in the north east of Leicestershire. It is the only UCI rated single day race in the British Calendar, second in stature only to the Tour of Britain. Featuring 34 teams, 162 riders and over 20 different nationalities this race isn't to be sniffed at. This years edition saw teams from as far afield as South America and North Africa line up at the start.
|Vile Weather Conditions Made The Race Very Difficult|
|A Mud Covered Russ Downing|
Joins his Team-Mates on the Podium