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CYCLING: Rebecca Durrell wins inaugural Women’s CiCLE Classic

International Women's CiCLE Classic EMN-160501-112942001
International Women's CiCLE Classic EMN-160501-112942001

Rebecca Durrell wrote her name into UK women’s cycling history on Sunday when she became the first rider to win the new Women’s CiCLE Classic.

Durrell, who rides for Drops Cycling, beat Elizabeth Howard in a sprint finish on the line in Melton Mowbray.

Third place was claimed by Bethany Howard.

Durrell said on Twitter after the race: “So happy to have won the first Women’s CiCLE Classic. Fantastic event and fantastic prizes, big thanks to the organisers.”

At the presentation ceremony she described the races as “the toughest race I’ve ever done.”

The race, which left Sherrard Street in Melton at midday took in the best parts of the route of the long established British International one day men’s race, the Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic held each April. The 95km Women’s course completed five passages of Owston village, the now established ‘heart’ of the CiCLE Classic, as well as two passages of the dreaded ‘Somerberg’ off road section near Somerby in addition to one ascent of Cold Overton Hill before coming back through Melton before taking in a 15 kms finishing circuit involving Burton Road, Sawgate Lane, Stapleford Lane and Saxby Road which returned to Sherrard Street to finish, delivering a dramatic sprint for the crowds gathered.

The race was heavily supported by the sponsorship of Peter Stanton, a fervent advocate and supporter of the development of women’s racing.

Full results and a more comprehenive report to follow.


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