Podium ‘Spot’ for Jacob Scott at the Rutland CiCLE Classic
On Sunday, 24th April the WiV SunGod team took on the unique 180km UCI 1.2 CiCLE Classic around the lanes and farm tracks of Rutland and finishing in Melton Mowbray – probably best renowned for being the home of the pork pie. The prestigious UCI International race with competing teams from continental Europe is now the only men’s one-day UCI race remaining on the British Calendar and so is a top target for all UK-based teams.
Watch the race summary video:
CiCLE Classic 2022 Course Map
The last edition of the race in 2019 saw a surprisingly large bunch finish of about 40 riders with Rory Townsend just being pipped on the line into 3rd place with Jacob Scott close behind in 4th.
The riders selected for this event were, in order of the picture below:
Jacob Scott, Matt Gibson, Rory Townsend, Reece Wood, Gruff Lewis & Matt Bostock
The field consisted of 8 UCI Continental, 2 National and a host of British Elite & Club teams amounting to a total of 34 teams and close to 180 riders – an awful lot of manpower battling for space on the country lanes and dusty narrow tracks.
The field rolled out of Oakham at mid-day in bright spring sunshine though accompanied with a north-easterly breeze. Ollie Peckover (Ribble-Weldtite) and Farley Barber (Spirit BSS) combined in an early breakaway and had already established a massive lead of 6 minutes after only 30km!
3.Gibson, Scott & Wood in the packed peloton
The early stages, as often is the case in such terrain, featured a number of crashes. A large one that Rory Townsend nobly took responsibility for, eliminated him from the race with a nasty cut to his leg. Gruff Lewis also suffered a deep cut to his hand from a bike that bounced up from a crashing rider. He was unable to stem the flow of blood so had to retire as well.
Townsend was an early crash victim
5. Lewis before and after injury caused by a crashing bike
Jacob Scott & Reece Wood helped to energise a chase group of 7 which also included Finn Crockett (Ribble-Weldtite), Tomas Kopecky (À Bloc CT), Bas Van Belle (WPGA Amsterdam), Bob Donaldson (GB Cycling Team), Roberto Gonzalez (Java Kiwi Atlántico) and Max Walker (Trinity Racing).
Scott energises the chase group
As the Peckover & Barber climbed the Manorberg for the second time, the chase group had cut their advantage down to 2 minutes making a catch look immiment. However, they clung on with the catch only being made after the penultimate pass through Owston as Barber had mechanical problems in the feed zone.
Wood mixes it with the GB team
8. Bostock battles his way through the field
As the race reached the finishing stages, the peloton was fracturing with a further group of six riders coming through to swell the leading pack. Balfour (Ribble-Weldtite) made a dash for the line with Kopecky (À Bloc CT) in tow on the first pass through Melton Mowbray with 17km to go securing him the giant pork pie prize and splintering the lead group in the process.
Scott on the first pass through Melton Mowbray
Balfour and Kopecky combined forces with 8km to go, with Scott joining soon joining them. Crockett also bridged across the gap making a quartet for the final sprint down the long finishing straight.
As Balfour dropped off from the lead group, the remaining trio battled to the line, with Crockett having enough power left in his legs to pip Kopecky with Scott a bike-length behind in third and Balfour a couple of seconds down in fourth.
Crockett wins from Kopecky and Scott
Bostock came through to take 12th place with Wood hanging on for 14th. Gibson was WiV SunGod’s remaining finisher in 36th place.
Jacob Scott on the podiuum
A great, aggressive ride from Jacob Scott, ably supported by Reece Wood, with Scott rewarded with a place on the podium. This was tinged with a little disappointment that WiV SunGod were limited in team strength in numbers over much of the race due to the early misfortune for Townsend and Lewis.
After the race Jacob Scott posted on Instagram:
‘No bitterness in this defeat, I said to myself in the closing stages, I may be out manned but I’m not out gunned. Turns out I need a bigger calibre rifle. I read the playbook and did everything I could to stack the odds in my favour, but it wasn’t to be. Fair play to @finncroc and @sbalfour1997 couldn’t fault them. With a bit more luck for the rest of the @wiv_sungod boys it might have played out differently.’
Tissot Nationas Cup Track Omnium win for Ollie Wood
On the same day WiV SunGod rider Ollie Wood (representing Team Inspired), won Great Britain’s only gold medal of the weekend when winning the men’s omnium at the Tissot Nations Cup in Glasgow.
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