After spending my Spring taking photos in Belgium/France for E3 Harelbeke, Gent Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix today was a chance to take some race photos more locally. The Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic is a race at 1.2 level, so a few rungs below the races above, but is one of the most important one-day races held in the UK each year. With a host of Elite domestic teams, a smattering of foreign teams and filled up with British regional representative teams the field was quite varied.
The route took in the views across Rutland Water, before spending most of the afternoon looping around the village of Owston. The race has its own niche, providing 11 off-road sections that tested the riders. The Somerberg is a notable example, so we found ourselves there camera in hand ready, before heading back into Owston.
Vitus Pro’s Adam Kenway & Morvelo Basso’s Mikey Mottram
Morvelo Basso’s Will Ranoe
Vitus Pro’s Adam Kenway & Morvelo Basso’s Mikey Mottram on the Somerberg
The shocking surface of the Somerberg
Madison Genesis and JLT putting the hammer down
Canyon’s Harry Tanfield gurning
The pack having to ascend together without much room
Foreign teams were taking part, including this ride from WPGA Amsterdam
Some riders started to drop off the back and get distanced
The cars unhelpfully kicked up all the dust for the riders, including Pierre Moncorge here
Team Wiggins’ Rob Scott with a Monkey Town rider from the Netherlands
A lead group of 20 riders were together at this point, a small lead ahead of another 20 riders.
Morvelo Basso’s Ken Buckley
Ribble Pro Cycling’s Richard Jones
#8 is Olympic champion Ed Clancy
Possibly Gabriel Cullaigh, who went onto win
Off the front, these guys tried hard to get back on