How does it work?
The Tour Series is all about the teams, which is what makes it unique. When a team's rider crosses the line first it doesn't necessarily follow that the team also wins the round. They get the honour and glory of the individual win, but the aim for teams to complete the race in the lowest cumulative time with their five riders, making them the fastest team on the night.
How many teams take part in The Tour Series?
Up to ten teams battle it out in the Series at reach round for the overall title and to be crowned the fastest and best team in Britain. Each round will also see selected guest teams joining the fray to bring local interest to the Series and to provide them with the opportunity to race on the high-profile stage of the Tour Series to aid the development of new teams and younger riders. From 2016 these guest teams also did battle in their own competition, so stay tuned for what prizes will be at stake in 2017.
How many riders race at each round?
All of the teams register a squad of twelve riders for the entire Tour Series, with the Team Manager then picking five of those for each evening's racing. This adds a tactical element and means the Team Manager is as important as his counterparts in football or rugby; deciding tactics and swapping in riders on form or best suited to the next circuit on the schedule. A rider who will do well on the cobbled climb of Durham may not be the man for the speedbowl style circuit of Stevenage.
How long is each round of the Series?
Each round will be approximately 60 minutes in duration, plus five laps.
How does a team win a round of the Tour Series?
Every rider in the race receives their own unique finish time, all tracked by a transponder on their bike. Each team has the time of their five riders added together and the team with the lowest cumulative time wins on the night, and receives the all important 10-points for victory.
Don't worry though, on the night the judges and commissaries work it all out very quickly, and the commentators will keep you up-to-date with what's going on before the podium ceremony and presentations take place. At the ceremony, you'll see the individual winner, the round's team winner and of course the Series' leading team in their five, highly distinctive, Tour Series red and white leader's jerseys.
What about the individual winner?
Everyone still wants to be the individual winner and grab the glory, just witness some of the extravagant celebrations we've seen from individual winners like Dean Downing and Rob Hayles!
And finishing first will of course give your team an excellent chance of winning the round, plus now earn you points towards the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey.
How do I know which team is leading The Tour Series?
All five riders racing from the leading team will wear the distinctive Tour Series leader's jerseys, making them stand out from the crowd in the peloton.
Who wins The Tour Series overall?
Quite simply the team with the most points overall after the final round will be crowned the champions of The Tour Series. Teams receive points at every round according to their finishing positions (see below), with ten points going to the winning team, down to a solitary point for last placed outfit.
What is the Points competition?
During the course of each round you'll see three intermediate Sprints, taking place roughly every 15 minutes during the race. At these intermediate sprints the first five riders across the line will receive points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, making them a series of races within a race.
From 2015 the top five riders at the finish also score points, with the rider with the most points following every round pulling on the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey.
Whoever collects the most points across the Tour Series wins the Points competition, and the blue and white leader's jersey.
|1st Team||10 points|
|2nd Team||9 points|
|3rd Team||8 points|
|4th Team||7 points|
|5th Team||6 points|
|6th Team||5 points|
|7th Team||4 points|
|8th Team||3 points|
|9th Team||2 points|
|10th Team||1 point|
What about the women's Series?
At six rounds of the Tour Series there is also a chance to see Britain's top female cyclists racing, with the likes of Dani King, Laura Trott, Dame Sarah Storey, Hannah Barnes and Lucy Garner amongst those to have raced.
Like the men, the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series also awards a prize to the leading team and to a Sprints winner, but there's also a individual champion to crown, which has seen the likes of Hannah Barnes, Eileen Roe and Nikki Juniper triumph.