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News | The Tour Series commences

News | The Tour Series commences

Having previously welcomed world and Olympic champions such as Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand, the tenth edition of the Tour Series will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games heroes aplenty when it returns to Britain's streets on Thursday (May 10).

Long established as the leading televised series of city centre criterium races, the 2018 Tour Series campaign, sponsored by eco-friendly power company OVO Energy, begins in Redditch, and will feature a host of Gold Coast medalists, including Charlie Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg) and Jon Mould (JLT Condor). 

While no Vitus Pro Cycling Team's riders were called for international duty at the recent 'Commies', many suffered the gruelling demands of last week's Tour de Yorkshire, the fourth edition of the legacy race spawned by the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

However, Cherie Pridham, the team's owner and manager, has revitalised her squad by calling up riders rested for last week's four-stage epic in the White Rose county, and the men in red will travel to Worcestershire with fresh legs among their number.

“I am aiming to bring in a couple of the squad to freshen things up from our time in Yorkshire," Pridham said. "After such a fantastic event, and a full-on Monday decamping all of our kit, it will be good to get our legs spinning again. We are aiming to build on our growing performances as a team, so it should be an interesting first round.”

Full squad lists for the eight men’s and ten women’s teams competing at every round of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour Series are available from www.tourseries.co.uk.

OVO Energy Tour Series 2018 schedule
Thursday 10 May - Redditch, Worcestershire
Tuesday 15 May - Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
Thursday 17 May - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Tuesday 22 May - Durham, County Durham
Saturday 26 May - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Monday 28 May - Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Tuesday 29 May - Wembley Park, London
Thursday 31 May - Salisbury, Wiltshire

OVO Energy Tour Series 2018 teams
Men’s Teams
Canyon Eisberg
Holdsworth Pro Racing
JLT Condor
Madison Genesis 
Morvélo Basso
ONE Pro Cycling
Team WIGGINS
Vitus Pro Cycling

Women’s Teams
Admiral Liv AWOL
Boompods EDCO NRG
Jadan-Weldtite Vive Le Velo
NJC-Biemme-Echelon
Storey Racing
Team Breeze
Team OnForm
Torelli-Brother
Trek-Drops
YRDP Cycling Team

About The OVO Energy Tour Series
The OVO Energy Tour Series celebrates its tenth season of televised town and city centre racing in May 2018. Organised by SweetSpot Group, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, the OVO Energy Tour Series brings together the very best in British professional teams and male and female riders, competing in a unique, team-based format, on town and city centre circuits in front of packed crowds, as part of a full day of cycling activities.

Follow The OVO Energy Tour Series LIVE on Twitter commentary @TourSeries with highlights on TV. #OVOTourSeries or Facebook or via the official website at www.tourseries.co.uk

The morning of the Tour de Yorkshire | A quick guide to the routes

The morning of the Tour de Yorkshire | A quick guide to the routes

 A word from our Director Sportif

“On the morning of the biggest bike race in our calendar I couldn’t be prouder of the team and what we have managed to put together in such a short space of time. Josh and Adam are the only two riders in the team that have faced the challenge of the Tour de Yorkshire in previous years and they will provide a great backbone to the team’s efforts this week. There is no doubt that event completing the stages is a success in its self and every one of the team should breath in this moment and give it 100%. I wish all the riders from all teams the very best of luck and a heartfelt thank you to all sponsors, the back-room teams and supporters for getting us to the starting line.” Cherie Pridham, DS and Team Owner

Below we have included a quick-start guide to the routes of the Tour deYorkshire. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @vitusprocylcing where you will have the opportunity to track the team using the Solace Global tracking website - details to be broadcast this morning. 

The Routes

Stage 1 – Arts and Culture

The race gets going in Beverley and passes through the 15th century North Bar before proceeding to Hornsea. The peloton tackle a 16km loop before heading back through Beverley, via the Minster and into the Yorkshire Wolds. The rst classi ed climb is at Baggaby Hill before a brisk descent into Pocklington for the opening sprint. The pace ramps up again for a second sprint in Howden, then it’s full steam into Doncaster where the riders will sweep past landmarks such as The Dome and the world-famous racecourse, before a at-out nish along Bennetthorpe.

Stage 2 – Yorkshire Heritage

The peloton loops around Barnsley’s Town Hall before heading out towards Silkstone and Penistone before the rst mountains classi cation points are up for grabs at Blacker Hill. The race will then pass Elsecar Heritage Centre before the sprint in Swinton. Conisbrough Castle provides another stunning spec- tacle before the riders continue north for the second sprint in Scholes. Harewood House makes an appearance prior to the Côte de Old Pool Bank, the route passes through Otley and Ilkley before reaching the race’s rst-ever summit nish on the Cow and Calf.

Stage 3 – Yorkshire’s Market Towns

The riders roll out of Richmond and heads close to Easby Abbey and into Catterick Garrison. They’ll pass Wensleydale and head to Leyburn, Bedale and Morton on Swale for the rst intermediate sprint. Northallerton and Thirsk are next on the agenda before the riders face the fearsome Côte de Sutton Bank. The action passes through Helmsley and then Pickering for the second sprint. The climbers will be looking to come to the fore again on the Côte de Silpho before the race breezes into Scarborough. The peloton will continue on to Filey before heading back towards Scarborough. The frontrunners then sweep along South Bay and onto the now-legendary nish along North Bay.

Stage 4 – The Yorkshire Terrier

The Piece Hall in Halifax is a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage. The rst of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Hebden Bridge and the race will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth before for the next punishing ascent at Goose Eye. Crossing into Craven the route heads past Skipton Castle before the next climb at Barden Moor. The stage heads into the Yorkshire Dales before the riders contest the rst sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag. The Côte de Park Rash will no-doubt cement its place in Tour de Yorkshire folklore as the riders grind their way up it. The action continues on to Masham and then into Nidderdale before making a return to the Côte de Greenhow Hill. The next climb is at Otley Chevin before the race then sweeps into Leeds where the action reaches a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow – on the same spot where the Tour de France started in 2014.

News | Line-up for The Klondike GP (East Cleveland) Spring Cup

News | Line-up for The Klondike GP (East Cleveland) Spring Cup

The Klondike Grand Prix, a new Elite Race on a new Circuit and the opening round of the HSBC Spring Cup will give one last chance for riders to prove themselves f=before the Tour de Yorkshire.

"This is a great opportunity for our riders to get some points on the board for the Spring Cup Series and the races so far show how we are developing as a young squad. That remaining 25% of the race is where we need to ensure we have presence to really make an impact. It is going to be an action packed ten days and the team are up for the challenge." DS and Team Owner Cherie Pridham.

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All the biggest teams and riders will descend upon Guisborough on the 29th April for what will become an early season classic. The circuit is a tough one. There are 3 significant hills on each of the 3 main laps. They are short and sharp making it a course for a strong rider who can climb well but has the legs to keep it going in the tough side winds over the top.

The race will depart from the Westgate at 12:00 prompt and rollout through to Dunsdale. The flag will drop as we turn right to Sandy Lane (errington woods) and the racing will start immediately, the riders will turn right through New Marske, onto the A174, we join the main circuit at 4 Lane ends, it’s nearly 100 miles to complete the circuit the riders will do 3 laps, then one small lap, then return home from boosbeck, Margrove Park, Charltons, slapewath back to Guisborough via whitby Road for the nail biting finish!

The finish line will be at Westgate Guisborough in front of Sunnyfield House where huge crowds will gather to enjoy the excitement.