British Cycling Olympic Programme riders will be in action when The Tour Series returns to Redditch and Torquay this summer.
Round seven of the UK’s top cycle race series hits Redditch on Tuesday 4 June bringing household names like British Cycling Podium Programme rider and Olympic champion Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) and British Cycling Podium Programme and Olympic track sprinter turned road racer Ross Edgar (Team IG Sigma Sport) to the town amongst the 50-rider field.
Prior to that round riders will head to Torquay this May for round six of the series on Tuesday 28 May.
The Tour Series unique, team based format pits Britain’s leading professional cycling teams against each other over an hour of action packed racing on a compact town centre circuit.
"Last year was the first time we have visited Redditch, but the event was a great success with a first-class race and a great crowd."
Series race director Mick Bennett.
Redditch proved to be one of the more testing venues in 2012, with the 1.4-kilometre circuit and the repeated climb of Unicorn Hill making for a tough race. Team UK Youth’s Niklas Gustavsson took the individual win in 2012 with Endura Racing claiming the all-important team honours on their way to the series title.
“We are looking forward to returning and working with Worcestershire County Council to put on an even bigger event, and draw even more people along to watch,” said series race director Mick Bennett.
“Last year was the first time we have visited Redditch, but the event was a great success with a first-class race and a great crowd.
“We are looking forward to returning to Torquay with the half-term date providing a perfect chance for residents and visitors alike to enjoy first-class professional cycle racing.”
Highlights from the Torquay round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4 on the evening of Wednesday 29 May at 10pm whilst highlights from the Redditch round will be broadcast on the evening of Wednesday 5 June, also at 10pm.
The Tour Series celebrates its fifth season of competition in 2013. Past winners of the unique competition include Team Halfords Bikehut (2009), Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta (2010), Rapha Condor Sharp (2011) and Endura Racing (2012).