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A Bit of Rough

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Our man 89 shot this terrific little film at the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic last year, a race 1 has always supported and continue to do so for the upcoming edition on Sunday April 29. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/22579610] If you have never been, make the effort. The combination of dirt tracks and tarmac attracts probably the best field of riders you will see on UK roads this year outside of the Olympics – without the limitations of where to stand and when… Position yourself outside a pub in Owston village for the day and the dusty peloton flies past on numerous occasions from all directions. What could be better? Another race we support is the Maldon Dengie Tour ‘Hell of the East’ in Essex on April Fool’s Day – no coincidence, surely. The surreal flat landscape and ever-present North Sea winds of Dengie Marshes make for superb racing. Organiser Alan Rosner has uncovered nine sectors of rough stuff to stir things up and, with the race being included in the Premier Calendar for the first time, Dengie has now made its mark. You’d be a fool not to go. Mr Waterman is popping over to Dengie this week to check out the course and report back. Expect grainy photographs and wise words from the multi-talented swine – er, Privateer man – soon. In the meantime, riders: please be careful with our banners this year, will you?

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