The Tour Series 2017 has been launched at Wembley Park today (Thursday 2 March) alongside details of the ten venues who will welcome Britain’s top professional cyclists this May in the ITV4 Series.
Entering its ninth season of competition, the unique, televised race Series has a revamped calendar now taking place entirely within May, and including three new events at London’s Wembley Park, Northwich and Aberdeen, and a Bank Holiday grand finale, for the first time ever, on the 29 May in Stevenage!
The Tour Series will also hold Saturday night events for the first time, with a brand new circuit in the heart of Bath being the first on 20 May, before the iconic Durham circuit hosts the penultimate event on 27 May. Another first, will see the Series hold an event in Wembley Park, an area undergoing a landmark regeneration, with races on a 1.5km circuit of the area, including the concourse of Wembley Stadium and Olympic Way, known to fans the world over as Wembley Way.
Three intense weeks of competition will also feature eight women’s events for the first time ever, as the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series expands with thirteen teams due to take part, showcasing the growth in the women’s sport.
Commenting on the 2017 Tour Series, Mick Bennett, Race Director of organisers SweetSpot said;
“We are delighted to be bringing The Tour Series to Wembley Park. We are privileged to have the opportunity to race in this spectacular location and one that is so synonymous with world-class sporting events. This year’s Series has a fantastic range of venues, including new events in Northwich and Aberdeen that will bring the events to new audiences.
“Fans at all of our venues and at home watching on ITV4 can look forward to some amazing racing from these top-class athletes, as The Tour Series continues to provide an unparalleled platform of action, entertainment and engagement for all of our partners.”
The Tour Series will get underway in Worcestershire for the first time, with Redditch hosting the event for a sixth time on Tuesday 9 May, including an opening Team Time Trial event for the men’s teams. Stoke-on-Trent and Northwich will complete the opening week on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May.
Week two will see a brace of London events, with the iconic location of Wembley Park hosting Round Three on Tuesday 16 May, that will see riders racing around the outside of the world-famous stadium, and along Wembley Way before the finish in front of London Design Outlet shopping centre.
Round Four will be in Croydon on Thursday 18 May before The Tour Series returns to Bath after a year’s absence on Saturday 20 May.
Scotland will again host two events, Motherwell for the third successive year on Tuesday 23 May and a new event in Aberdeen on Thursday 25 May. The penultimate race will be in Durham on Saturday 27 May before the final round in Stevenage on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May.
Highlights of every round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also be available on demand via the ITV Hub.
Tour Series Rounds:
|Round One||Tuesday 9 May||Redditch*|
|Round Two||Thursday 11 May||Stoke-on-Trent*|
|Round Three||Friday 12 May||Northwich*|
|Round Four||Tuesday 16 May||Wembley*|
|Round Five||Thursday 18 May||Croydon*|
|Round Six||Saturday 20 May||Bath*|
|Round Seven||Tuesday 23 May||Motherwell*|
|Round Eight||Thursday 25 May||Aberdeen|
|Round Nine||Saturday 27 May||Durham|
|Round Ten||Monday 29 May||Stevenage*|
Rounds marked with a * will also include the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series
The full list of teams:
|Bike Channel Canyon||Aprire HSS Hire|
|Madison Genesis||Liv Epic|
|Metaltek Kuota||NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli|
|Morvélo Basso||Sunsport Velo|
|ONE Pro Cycling||Team Breeze|
|Team Raleigh GAC||Team Ford EcoBoost|
|Team Jadan p/b Viva La Velo|
|Team WNT Pro Cycling|
|VeloSchills Interbike RT|
About The Tour Series
2017 will be the ninth season of The Tour Series, a unique team based, televised city centre cycling series organised by SweetSpot Group Ltd, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the Tour of Britain and The Women’s Tour. The Tour Series brings together the very best in British professional teams and male and female riders, competing on town and city-centre circuits in front of packed crowds as a part of a full day of cycling activities.