ROUND ONE – REDDITCH
Thursday 10 May

OPENING CEREMONY 14:00
BROTHER CORPORATE GP 15:00
REDDITCH ROAD & PATH CC ACTIVITIES 16:00
OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES WOMEN’S RACE 17:30
OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES MEN’S RACE  19:30
PODIUM CELEBRATIONS 20:45

For the second year running, the opening round of the OVO Energy Tour Series will take place in Redditch.

Redditch is set within the beautiful county of Worcestershire and is at the heart of the British motorway network.

Now a regular host of Britain’s leading domestic cycle race Series, Redditch and Worcestershire have welcomed the Tour Series annually since 2012.

Fast and easy connections to the rest of the country come via the M42 junctions just five miles from the town. Birmingham is just 14 miles away and linked by rail; Birmingham International Airport is also less than a 30-minute drive.

Designated a New Town in 1964, Redditch has successfully mixed the old with the new. The modern Kingfisher Shopping Centre contains 150 stores while Redditch’s world renowned needle making industry is celebrated and preserved through the Forge Mill Needle Museum, with the remains of the 12th century monastic Bordesley Abbey nearby.

The award-winning Arrow Valley Country Park and sailing lake can be found a short distance from the town centre. Yet nearby are the international headquarters of global engineering company GKN and Halfords’ head office.

This compact borough of 54 square miles and over 80,000 people is surrounded by pleasant countryside and places of great historic interest: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach.

While in Redditch there are a staggering five million trees, with an enviable amount of green space and landscaping for such a significant urban population.

As a New Town with a younger than average population, leisure facilities are a key priority and include a municipal golf course, sports centres, numerous clubs and societies, and the renowned Edwardian and modernised Palace Theatre.

World Class Worcestershire

Worcestershire is home to a rich and diverse range of businesses and has the development opportunities, the skilled staff and the desire to support companies to bring their business to Worcestershire. The county is one of the most-sought after destinations for people looking for a high quality place to live, work and invest.

Worcestershire is enviably well connected. There are great motorway and rail links so it’s easy to get to Worcestershire from other parts of the country. In less than an hour you can also be at one of the three nearby international airports.

The University of Worcester is among the fastest growing universities in the UK. Nearly 200,000 students attend the ten universities that are within an hour’s drive of the county.

Worcestershire is a beautiful county with innovation at its heart. The county is home to a cluster of technology businesses with international acclaim, some of the country’s leading innovators in horticulture and agri-tech, as well as a strong automotive supply chain and manufacturing base in the county.

Major companies with head offices include Yamazaki Mazak, GKN, Halfords Group, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Worcester Bosch Group, Morgan Motor Company and QinetiQ to name a few.

Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and professional expertise, funding advice and business support are readily available.

For more information visit www.worldclassworcestershire.com.