Britain's longest-standing international one-day race aiming to raise £15,000 within a month

Britain’s longest-standing international one-day race, the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, is attempting to raise £15,000 via crowdfunding website JustGiving to get next year’s race on television.

Famed for its spectacular scenery and numerous off-road sections – CW previously described the rain-affected 2012 edition as “harder than Paris-Roubaix” – the event is widely-regarded as one of the best on the domestic calendar.

Aware of this popularity, race director Colin Clews is seeking to raise enough money to get a 60-minute highlight package of next year’s race (April 24) aired on ITV4 and Eurosport.

“Getting on TV would allow us to make a big breakthrough,” Clews told Cycling Weekly. “It would allow more people a chance of seeing the race, and also give us an opportunity to get more sponsors involved in the event.”

Clews attempted to get the 2015 edition – won by NFTO’s Steele von Hoff – on television, but funding attempts fell short.

However, 2016’s race looks set to contain the strongest field ever, as changes to UCI rules allow him to invite three UCI ProContinental (second division) teams to the event.

“One Pro Cycling will be riding, and I’ve contacted some Dutch and Belgian squads to see if they would like to ride,” Clews added.

“It means we can increase the quality of the race while being able to still invite those UCI Continental [third division] squads who have supported the race in the past.”

The CiCLE Classic’s JustGiving crowdfunding page can be visited here; donations can be made for the next 30 days.

  • Mark Jones

    I felt they should have looked at Crowd Funding last year when they attempted to get TV coverage, so pleased they’re looking at this now for next year’s race and in plenty of time. Here’s hoping they reach the target of £15000, as I’d love to see this race on TV. Keep promoting this, as it is important for grass roots cycling in the UK to get as much TV coverage as possible.