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Cobbled hill climb and team time trial headline 2018 Tour Series

Joe Robinson
11 Apr 2018

Women's race to also be included at every event for first time ever

The 2018 Ovo Tour Series will offer some new and interesting tests for Britain's best professional talent as the latest series sees a men's team time trial and hill climb added to the calendar. For the first time ever also, a women's race will be held at all eight events.

Britain's leading televised cycling event will return for its 10th year and help showcase some of the best domestic professionals in both the men's and women's sport across challenging criterium circuits around the country.

The free-to-attend series will begin with its usual criterium races on Thursday 10th May in the Worcestershire town of Redditch before moving on to a Scottish double-header in Motherwell and Aberdeen the next week.

It is then with the fourth leg that things get particularly interesting. The men and women will race the usual testing Durham circuit but it is after that the men will get treated to something new.

A first for the Tour Series, the men's field will then tackle an individual 500 metre hill climb up the cobbled city climb of South Street.

The short climb is not particularly steep, with a maximum gradient of just over 10%, but could potentially cause issues with its bumpy and slick surface.

Tour Series 2018 rounds and locations

Thursday 10 May – Redditch, Worcestershire
Tuesday 15 May – Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
Thursday 17 May – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Tuesday 22 May – Durham, County Durham (including men’s hill-climb)
Saturday 26 May – Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Monday 28 May – Stevenage, Hertfordshire (including men’s team time trial)
Tuesday 29 May – Wembley Park, London
Grand Final – Date and South of England location to be announced in due course

The hill climb parcours is currently featured in the Durham Tour Series circuit with many British professionals sitting in the top 10 of the Strava segment. However, this ascent will be made that bit harder thanks to the standing start.

The Tour Series will then leave Durham heading south-west to Wales where it returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26th May.

This is then followed by the next interesting inclusion of a two-lap team time trial for the men's field in Stevenage which will accompany the men's and women's circuit races.

The penultimate day will be on Tuesday 29th May at a redesigned Wembley Park route that will sit in the backdrop of the Wembley football stadium.

The Grand Final's date and location is yet to be decided although it will be in the south of England. 

Both series will be filled with the best homegrown British road talent with the county's top teams taking part. The current defending champions are JLT Condor in the men's event and Trek-Drops in the women's.

While the two alternative events will catch many eyes, it's the Tour Series's effort to ensure a women's event at every venure that has pleased race director Mike Bennett. 

'With men’s and women’s rounds at each venue for the first time, as well as rounds in England, Scotland and Wales, the 2018 Ovo Energy Tour Series will be a fine way of celebrating the 10th edition of Britain’s leading televised cycle race series,' Bennett said.

Highlights of each eight event will be broadcast on ITV4 and ITV Player.

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