Go watch the East Midlands International CiCLE Classic tomorrow

Ride out and shout for the boys, have a pub lunch and home for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

by nick_rearden   April 24, 2010  

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The ancient county of Rutland is clearly pitching to be England's answer to Flanders tomorrow Sunday 25th April for the East Midlands International CiCLE Classic, a 105-mile road race now in its 6th year that takes in multiple sections of farm track and gravel designed to test riders and equipment to the limit. And there's some testing hills.

 With 180 riders, the CiCLE Classic is Britain's only Union Cycliste International (UCI) international one-day road race with the atmosphere of a Belgian classic and charming country villages like Oakham and Owston to provide spectators with an ideal backdrop. A great excuse for a ride out and a pub lunch, we think, especially as the weather forecast is good.

There will be Elite riders aplenty from top pro teams like Rapha-Condor-Sharp, Sigma Sport-Specialized and, of course, Endura which boasts last year's winner Ian Wilkinson. Plus there are representatives from Denmark, Eire and the Czech Republic, a total of 32 teams.

Start is at 11am in the Market Place, Oakham with the finish on Sherrard St, Melton Mowbray at roughly 3pm. In between the route zigzags around between the villages of Owston, Somerby (renamed Somerberg in homage to Flanders) and Pickwell but for more details, the start sheet and route check here.

Now, of course, we'll be as balanced and professional as you like in our race coverage but to be fair we have an interest in the fortunes of one of the up-and-coming professional teams but good guys nonetheless Team Kuota - Road.cc who will hopefully be racing in their new kit for the first time. They've already had their first successes this year and have high hopes for the forthcoming Halfords Tour Series. Come on our boys!

Team Kuota - road.cc are tweeting live from the race, you can follow them twitter.com/Kuota_RoadCC - we'll be re-tweeting some of their tweets too. 

 

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Thinking of going to watch this assuming recovered from todays Tour of the Peak. Nearly had someone to heckle but he is stuck in Italy as unable to get a flight home!

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
24th April 2010 - 19:00

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As long as it's not a Team Kuota-Road.cc rider, why not go anyway, treat it as a leg-stretcher and heckle someone new.

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
24th April 2010 - 19:51

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hmm would like to go but its a fair old distance from down 'ere in bristle... (it's the sportive version for me next year though).

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
24th April 2010 - 20:47

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Team Kuota - road.cc are tweeting live from the race, you can follow them twitter.com/Kuota_RoadCC - we'll be re-tweeting some of their tweets too.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
25th April 2010 - 11:34

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So Jefte was trying to tweet when he fell off in Owston was he? He wasn't the only one...

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
25th April 2010 - 15:39

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Nope… well I hope not, no Cherie was doing the tweeting from the team car - blimey she managed a lot too, more than we were able to keep up with - they make an interesting read back www.twitter.com/Kuota_RoadCC

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
25th April 2010 - 16:06

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I'm dead now!

posted by JJ the Flying D... [65 posts]
25th April 2010 - 17:14

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Some photo's here including some of the Kuota-Road.cc team. If Road.cc want to use one of these feel free or I can send you a fresh copy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12617230@N03/sets/72157623805061159/

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
25th April 2010 - 18:13

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nice pics!

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7495 posts]
25th April 2010 - 18:47

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nice pics indeed! thanks!

posted by JJ the Flying D... [65 posts]
25th April 2010 - 18:51

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So how was it for you today then JJ?

Yes, nice pics Blackhound!

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
25th April 2010 - 20:44

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Unfortunately I had to let the leading group go after about 125k. Dan and I were quite happy being up there together! Plenty of speed in the legs, but the hills were killing me.

posted by JJ the Flying D... [65 posts]
25th April 2010 - 21:23

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Surprisingly hard hills round there. Hope to watch team in Canary Wharf, no hill excuses for JJ;-)

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
26th April 2010 - 19:03

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