Women's & Juniors CiCLE Classics come to town with highly successful Olympian

Sunday saw the return of the Women's and Junior CiCLE Classic as participants took part in a gruelling 65 mile race around Melton and Rutland.

Following a successful ‘Crowdfunding’ initiative aimed at raising the required £15,000 funding gap for this year's race, it was also confirmed that the future of the race and its associated junior Men’s race has now been assured until at least 2025.

Dame Laura awards Eluned King the Queen of The Bergs award. Photo: NEMM

In addition to the crowdfunding, Dame Laura Kenny, who has won 6 Olympic medals, had kindly offered to support the race for this year and the above period by sponsoring the prize value awards for the winners of both the Women’s and Junior Men’s races.

The women's race was won overall by Josie Nelson from Team Coop-Hitec Products who was handed her award by Dame Laura, and given tips on the podium on how best to shower awaiting press with the gifted champagne.

Josie Nelson celebrates in style at the podium on Sunday. Photo: NEMM

The second podium position was taken by Madelaine Leech from CAMS Basso and third place was won by Eluned King.

Madelaine Leech, Josie Nelson and Eluned King with Dame Laura. Photo: NEMM

A special pork pie was awarded to Dame Laura by Dickinson & Morris Brand Ambassador Stephen Hallam, to thank her for the support of the race and to officially welcome her to the town. A pork pie was also awarded to Eluned King who was first to arrive in Melton and therefore crowned Queen of The Bergs.

Dame Laura Kenny receives her gift from Stephen Hallam. Photo: NEMM

Eluned King also won the Heart of Owston Sprint and the Melton Town Special Award.

CAMS Basso who won 1st team during the event with Dame Kenny. Photo: NEMM

Dame Kenny was in town on Sunday to hand out awards to the winners of the race alongside the speciality awards such as 'Top Team'.

Race Director Colin Clews said: "After the challenges faced with staging this year’s races, following the late withdrawal of our previous sponsor, the 6th Women’s and 8th Junior Men’s CiCLE Classics went off very successfully and proved one of the most competitive yet.

Although the race was more a wearing down process from the rear of the race with just 33 riders remaining in the front group that contesting the final sprint, from an entry of 127, barely a wheel length split the first five on the line. A photo finish picture being required to decide the result.

In its 6 years the Women’s CiCLE Classic has become the most prestigious race on the British Women’s cycling calendar, and with support from the Melton BID, and companies such as Dickinson & Morris, Brentingby Gin and Pearces jewellers we look forward to many more years of putting Melton on the National and international cycling map”.

Top Team was awarded to CAMS Basso.

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