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Tour Series 2021 postponed until August

Will Strickson
28 Jan 2021

British racing event pushed back from usual May date to ensure it can take place safely. Photo: SWPix

The Tour Series 2021 has been postponed until August, three months later than originally planned, to ensure it can go still ahead safely.

Event organiser SweetSpot worked with British Cycling to reschedule the town and city centre races from May to the first two weeks of August, with a men's and women's race in each round. Confirmed dates and locations are yet to be announced, however highlights will still be free to watch on ITV4.

This comes after the news that the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic, due to take place in April, has been cancelled for 2021.

SweetSpot is also looking into holding the first virtual Tour Series to fill the empty space in the road racing calendar caused by the pandemic.

Last June the company staged the virtual Skoda V-Women's Tour after the UCI Women's WorldTour event was cancelled and Leah Dixon's victory was viewed over 1.5 million times on social media and shown live on BBC Sport.

With the lockdown in England confirmed to continue until at least March, and the situation in the other home nations likely to be similar, it looks increasingly likely that British racing events will be pushed back until those more at risk are vaccinated and restrictions can be lifted.

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