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Tour Series returns to tough Durham for record tenth year

Joe Robinson
2 Apr 2019

Cobbled South Street climb returns as Tour Series returns this May

The Tour Series will return to the cobbled streets of Durham for a record-setting 10th year this May to tackle one of Britain's toughest criterium circuits.

The men's and women's races will take place in the evening of Saturday 18th May around a 1.4km circuit that tackles the cobbled climb of South Street before finishing underneath the spire of the city's cathedral.

It will form part of a bigger free-to-attend festival of cycling across the day with various events taking place throughout the day. 

Race director Mick Bennett announced the return of the Tour Series to Durham for the 10th consecutive year, labelling it as one of the best courses across the whole series.

'Fans love it, locals love it and the riders do, too, so I’m thrilled to announce the OVO Energy Tour Series’ return to Durham in May,' said Bennett. 

'The technical and physical challenges that the circuit offers, combined with the town’s stunning, historic backdrop, makes this a round we all look forward to.

'No other town or city has hosted the OVO Energy Tour Series more times than Durham; we are ever grateful for the support we have received from Durham County Council since 2010.'

Former winners on the Durham circuit include multiple age group World Champion Tom Pidcock (2017) and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Malcolm Elliott (2010).

Last year, Madison Genesis and NJC-Biemme-Echelon took the men's and women's prizes respectively.

Durham will be round four of the seven-round series. Redditch will kickstart proceedings on Thursday 9th May before the Scottish double-header of Motherwell and Aberdeen a week later.

After Durham will come Birkenhead on 21st May. The destination of the final two rounds, as well as participating teams and riders, have still to be confirmed.

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