We are proud (and a little excited!) to announce that Rutland Cycling are once again the official retail partner of the Tour of Cambridgeshire, taking place on the weekend of 4th and 5th June 2016. The Tour of Cambs is unlike any other mass participation event in the UK. Uniquely the event caters for everyone whether you are an elite racer, an athletic sports rider, a challenge rider, or just out to test yourself in a more leisurely way on your bike, on closed roads, around the stunning Cambridgeshire countryside. ToC comprises two mass participation cycling events on fully closed roads, each of which caters for the full spectrum of riders from elite athletes to leisure riders:
- 4th June 2015: 11:00 - 17:00, 26.55km UCWT ToC Chrono
- 5th June 2015: 132km ToC Gran Fondo
We are particularly pleased to be associated with a top-flight cycling competition that offers equal prize money to men and women: all riders will ride the same course and the overall winning male and female will receive a first prize of £1500 in each event.
All events will start and finish in the Peterborough Arena with fully closed roads and a world class start / finish area. This event is definitely one you won't want to miss!
Feedback from 2015 Event
Cycling WeeklyFine first outing for the Tour of Cambridgeshire
Gran Fondo RiderWe left the North West at 04.00hrs this morning, it's now 23.00hrs and we've just got back home. Where do I sign up for next year?
Cycling Plus... It was still a brilliant and challenging first running of our newest 'tour'
What is a Gran Fondo?
A revolution is about to take place in British cycling and this is your chance to be part of it. Held on closed roads in continental style, the Tour of Cambridgeshire is the only authentic Gran Fondo mass participation race and ride on English shores. Whether you want to race or just be part of UK cycling history by enjoying a leisurely ride on closed roads, you can participate and feel the experience of a pro rider.
12pm Sunday 5th June - 129km Gran Fondo
Start/Finish: Peterborough Arena
Max. riders: 8,000
The ToC Gran Fondo is a mass participation cycle sport event. It is also the 2016 UK qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The Gran Fondo is held on fully closed roads over 80.2 miles (129.07km). Riders competing to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships must compete over the long route. An option to participate over a shorter route of 58.2miles (93.66km) is also available for Leisure riders. The Race caters for four communities of rider:
Race: Those riders holding a current full racing license and intending to race to win their Masters Age / Gender Classification and / or to qualify for the 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships (see Race Book for details).
Sport: Those un-licensed riders who want to compete against family, friends and colleagues for 'bragging rights' or indeed to secure qualification for the 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships (see Race Book for details).
Challenge: Those riders wishing to enjoy the Pro production of ToC over the full closed road route under the challenge of riding personal best time standards (see Race Book for details).
Leisure: Those riders wishing to enjoy the Pro Production of ToC and the closed roads experience under more leisurely condition without the goals of Position or Time Standards but none the less the need to maintain a certain pace to avoid the Broom Wagon and the spectre of the roads re-opening (See Race Book for details) . The Leisure community of rider MUST take the shorter route of approx 50miles.
The route is very similar to Belgium, with some short sharp climbs at the start followed by the wide open roads of the Fens. There will be two feed stops on the route and the race will be supported with mechanical assistance and medical cover. See the route here!
11am Saturday 4th June - 26.55km Chrono
Start/Finish: Peterborough Arena
Max. riders: 800 (sold out)
The ToC Chrono is a fully produced, mass participation, time trial run over a sporting circuit of 16.5 miles (26.55km) on fully closed roads. The ToC Chrono is the UK qualifier for time trial title at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The World Champions in each age group win the coveted UCI rainbow jersey. The ToC Chrono start is indoors. The start ramp is a sound and lighting spectacular with professional commentary and an electronic countdown clock. The ToC Chrono caters for any rider who wishes to take the 'Race of Truth' under Pro conditions. The start sheet is set out according to UCI Masters Age / Gender Classification. There is no seeding.