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The Tour Series: 10 furious city centre races in 20 short days

Joseph Delves
3 May 2017

With a schedule almost as hectic as the racing, the Tour Series brings elite level criteriums to towns across the country this May

Now in its ninth edition, the Tour Series spans 10 events taking place across the month of May. With 13 women’s squads and seven men’s competing in the races, the Tour Series will bring the cut and thrust of criterium racing to cycling fans across England and Scotland.

Taking place on short closed circuits there’s guaranteed to be plenty of action, while the format makes it easy to watch the entire race develop from one spot.

Getting underway in Redditch on Tuesday 9th May, in the men’s races defending champions JLT-Condor will be looking to retain their title from a motivated One Pro Cycling.

Old hands Madison-Genesis return along with Raleigh-GAC, Bike Channel-Canyon, Metaltek-Kuota and series débutants Morvélo-Basso.

'This year’s line-up of men's teams is incredibly strong, with no clear favourite among them for the Tour Series title.

'Fans can look forward to some amazing racing,' explained race director, Mick Bennett.

'There are also more women's teams than ever before, reflecting the growth of the women's sport.'

They’ll be competing in the Matrix Fitness UK GP Series which runs alongside the men's races.

Among them is Team WNT, home to Olympic gold medalist Katie Archibald, who having racked up multiple wins at the series in the past two years will be looking to repeat that success.

Over the years the series has provided an ideal training ground for riders. Between 2013-15 American Coryn Rivera was a regular at the races.

This April she won the most prestigious single-day race in the women’s calendar, the Tour of Flanders.

Supporting her was teammate Hannah Barnes, who also honed her skills racing the series.

Taking place in urban centres the series' mission is to promote the sport and bring racing to the masses.

'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,' added Bennett.

While all of the events are free to spectate at, ITV4 will also be providing a nightly highlights show following each race.

Tour Series 2017: Rounds and venues

Round 1: Redditch (including team time trial) - Tuesday 9th May
Round 2: Stoke-on-Trent - Thursday 11th May
Round 3: Northwich - Friday 12th May
Round 4: Wembley - Tuesday 16th May
Round 5: Croydon - Thursday 18th May
Round 6: Bath - Saturday 20th May
Round 7: Motherwell - Tuesday 23rd May
Round 8: Aberdeen - Thursday 25th May
Round 9: Durham - Saturday 27th May
Round 10: Stevenage - Monday 29th May

Tour Series 2017: Teams

JLT-Condor
Bike Channel-Canyon
Madison-Genesis
Metaltek-Kuota
Morvélo-Basso
One Pro Cycling
Raleigh-GAC

Women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series 2017: Rounds and venues

Round 1: Redditch - Tuesday 9th May
Round 2: Stoke-on-Trent - Thursday 11th May
Round 3: Northwich - Friday 12th May
Round 4: Wembley - Tuesday 16th May
Round 5: Croydon - Thursday 18th May
Round 6: Bath - Saturday 20th May
Round 7: Motherwell - Tuesday 23rd May
Round 8: Stevenage - Monday 29th May

Women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series 2017: Teams

Aprire-HSS Hire
Drops Cycling
Velo Schils-Interbike RT
Liv Epic
NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli
Storey Racing
Sunsport Velo
Breeze
Ford EcoBoost
Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive Le Velo
OnForm
RGB Building Supplies
WNT Pro Cycling

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