Race guide: Tour of the Reservoir - HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series and HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series

Race guide: Tour of the Reservoir - HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series and HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series

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The 2017 HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series gets underway at the Tour of the Reservoir as the HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series continues.

The women’s Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir is the seventh round of nine and the two-day stage race is set to provide a thrilling weekend of racing from both the men and women in the north-east.

About the series

HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series

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The HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series is a four-round British road race series which runs throughout July and August.

The 2016 series was won by Christopher Lawless of JLT Condor, who also picked up the team honours.

Racing begins with the Tour of the Reservoir on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July before heading to the Stockton Grand Prix two weeks later on Sunday 16 July.

The Ryedale Grand Prix hosts the third round on Sunday 6 August before the series concludes at the spectacular Leicester Castle Classic on Sunday 13 August.

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HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series

HSBC UK | National Women's Road Series map

The Tour of the Reservoir is the seventh of nine races in this year’s HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series, which runs from April until August.

Elizabeth Banks of SunSport Velo got off to the perfect start at the series opener, the Tour of the Wolds, before Wiggle High5’s Grace Garner was victorious at the Essex Giro.

Alice Barnes (Drops) topped the podium at the Lincoln Grand Prix before Team WNT’s Katie Archibald picked up the win at the CiCLE Classic in Melton Mowbray.

The fifth round at the Curlew Cup was won by Julie Erskine of Cycle Team OnForm with the Otley Grand Prix taking place on Wednesday night.

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The courses

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HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series - Tour of the Reservoir stage one

HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series - Tour of the Reservoir stage two

The first day of the Tour of the Reservoir sees riders loop the Derwent Reservoir in Country Durham seven times.

Starting in Edmundbyers, riders travel anti-clockwise, calling through Prime Hill, Carrick Corner and Pow Hill, racing for 135km.

Day two is a marginally shorter day. Racing starts with two loops of the reservoir, before three laps of the Blanchard loop to the south of Derwent - a course that takes in Blanchard, Bales Hill and Meadows Edge before rejoining the reservoir loop in Edmundbyers for a further two laps around the water, a total distance of 133km.

National Women’s Road Series

Tour of the Reservoir stage one map - HSBC UK | National Women's Road Series

Tour of the Reservoir stage two map - HSBC UK | National Women's Road Series

The women will face a similar course to the men. Day one will see the field in the saddle for five laps of the Derwent Reservoir over 96km.

Day two’s racing is longer for the women, with 101km to tackle. They start with two laps around Derwent, before one lap of the Blanchard loop, finishing with two more laps of the reservoir.

What happened last year

Joe Fry (then Pedal Heaven RT) secured overall victory in the Tour of the Reservoir, despite not winning either stage.

Day one was won by Tom Moses (JLT Condor) with Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) impressive in a late solo attack to win stage two.

Nikki Juniper (Ford Ecoboost) claimed the women’s Tour of the Reservoir win after finishing second in stage two behind Alice Barnes (then 100%ME) with Grace Garner (then Podium Ambition-Club La Santa) winning on day one.

Ones to watch

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The key figures from the 2016 Tour of the Reservoir will be back this year, looking to repeat their success of twelve months ago.

Overall winner Joe Fry will look to make it two-in-a-row, now in the colours of BIKE Channel Canyon, while individual stage winners Tom Moses and Erick Rowsell will also take to the start line.

Erick Rowsell wins at the 2016 Tour of the Reservoir

Pro Vision Scotland’s John Archibald, brother of Olympic gold medallist Katie, will have his eye on a breakaway following some recent terrific form while Ian Bibby (JLT Condor) can never be discounted on British roads.

Brother NRG’s Charlie Tanfield has looked strong in recent weeks, while the young 100%ME squad boasts a number of Great Britain Cycling Team academy riders, including Reece Wood, Jacob Hennessy and Matt Bostock.

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Chanel Mason has dominated the standings for the HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series in 2017 and the Storey Racing rider will look to increase her lead in County Durham.

She will be supported by the likes of Beth Crumpton, Neah Evans and Elizabeth Banks, herself a stage winner in the series this year.

Elizabeth Banks wins in the HSBC UK | National Women's Road Series

Nikki Juniper (Team Ford Ecoboost) goes in search of her first series win of the year but will face competition from Team Breeze, with Mel Lowther riding well in 2017.

Team WNT’s Emily Kay and Hayley Simmonds are stand-out names in the peloton and will work hard to create opportunities for their teammate Natalie Grinczer - currently tenth in the standings.

Storey Racing's Ejay Harris sprinted to victory at the Otley Grand Prix on Wednesday.

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How to follow the racing

  • Follow the action from the HSBC UK | Grand Prix Series and HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series on our live blogs from 8.45am on Saturday and Sunday for race updates, images and social media.
  • Follow @BritishCycling on Twitter for updates from both events throughout the racing.
  • Video highlights, reports, results, images and reaction will appear on the British Cycling website.