Stevenage to host the final round of 2017 Tour Series
3 March 2017 11:00am
Alice Barnes wins the Stevenage round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series for Drops Cycling in 2016
Stevenage will host the final round of the 2017 Tour Series on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, building on the success of the town having hosted the 2016 Tour Series and 2015 Women's Tour cycling events.
One of the stand-out moments of 2016 was watching the exhilarating Tour Series on a glorious June day so I'm thrilled that the Tour is coming back to the Old Town.
Cllr Richard Henry, Stevenage Borough Council
Three weeks of competition for Britain's fastest men and women's teams at nine venues will build towards the final races in Stevenage, taking place on the 1-kilometre circuit around the Old Town. Procyclists Lucy Harper of Team OnForm and Rob Ormond of Morvélo Basso joined dignitaries from Stevenage Borough Council, and Hertfordshire County Council, who are supporting the event, at the Finish line to officially launch the event.
In addition to the men and women's circuit races, Stevenage will also host a Team Time Trial event for the 13 women's teams, who will compete to be the fastest over two laps of the Stevenage circuit. Highlights of all of the events will be shown on ITV4 on Tuesday 30th May.
Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Leisure said: "One of the stand-out moments of 2016 was watching the exhilarating Tour Series on a glorious June day in the Old Town. Stevenage had the highest spectator turnout and television viewing figures for the whole series so I'm thrilled that the Tour is coming back to the Old Town on Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday for the final round of this year's competition.
"Stevenage has a rich sporting heritage so I'm hoping The Tour Series will inspire people from across the town to get back on their bikes and get in the mood for the Stevenage Cycling Festival, which runs from Easter to October."
Cllr David Andrews, Hertfordshire County Council's Cycling Champion, said: "The success of Team GB in the last two Olympics coupled with the recent staging of major cycling events in Hertfordshire has meant that the interest in cycling has never been greater.
"We are delighted that Stevenage will be hosting the final round of the 2017 Tour Series and we are sure that it will help promote the popularity of cycling and inspire more people of all ages to take to the roads with their bikes."
Ten men's teams, headlined by defending champions JLT Condor, and including ONE Pro Cycling, who return to The Tour Series after a year away will race in Stevenage. 2015 Champions Madison Genesis return along with Team Raleigh GAC, Bike Channel Canyon, Metaltek Kuota and Series debutants Morvélo Basso complete the line-up with three to be confirmed guest teams.
Among the thirteen women's teams who will race in Stevenage are the Drops team, who won last year's Stevenage event with Alice Barnes, and Team WNT who boast British Cycling track stars Katie Archibald and Emily Kay.
Further details of the Stevenage event, including the full timetable for Monday 29th May will be published in the coming weeks.
Highlights of every round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also be available on demand via the ITV Hub.
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