The Tour Series returns in August after an enforced absence of 27 months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic with three new host venues forming the 2021 schedule.

Here’s what those involved have had to say about today’s unveiling of the all-new series calendar.

Hugh Roberts, chief executive of Tour Series organisers SweetSpot, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the return of the Tour Series and would like to both welcome Guisborough, Sunderland and Castle Douglas to the series, and thank the respective councils for their tremendous support already this year in committing to the events.  We are sure that their commitment will be rewarded with three fantastic Tour Series events.”

Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, added: “We know the importance of the Tour Series to teams and riders, and their sponsors, but also to fans in the UK so it was always a key aim for SweetSpot in 2021 to make sure that the Tour Series returned.  Hopefully this news can contribute an increase in confidence for domestic racing, not just for the rest of the year but going into 2022 as well.”

Danielle Every, British Cycling’s cycling delivery director, said: “Known for its action-packed racing, top quality fields and iconic backdrops, the Tour Series has been a real calendar highlight since its debut series in 2009. We’re delighted that the series will be returning this August after the challenges of the past year, providing vital racing opportunities for our riders and teams and giving fans of our sport the opportunity to watch many of the country’s best riders up close and personal in their towns.”

Round one: Guisborough

The Tour Series will open with a first-ever Yorkshire round, taking place in the market town of Guisborough, in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland, on Sunday 8 August.

Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, Mary Lanigan, said: “We are so excited – and privileged – to be welcoming Britain’s cycling elite back to our borough. Lockdown saw many people in the area take up the sport as their one form of exercise a day, and now they have the very unique opportunity to watch the professionals take on their own streets. It will be such a spectacle for everyone who comes along.” “The televised event will be a real boost for the local economy too, giving Guisborough the chance to showcase all it has to offer from its idyllic position at the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors.”

Councillor Louise Westbury, with responsibility for Events and Culture, added: “After the disappointing postponement of a number of sporting events over the last year, we are incredibly pleased that the Tour Series can go ahead, even if it means acting within any possible restrictions extending beyond July 19th. It will be an unforgettable day, which has been estimated to bring a possible £400,000 to Guisborough and the surrounding area, which is just fantastic.”

Click here for more information on the Guisborough round.

Round two: Sunderland

Our Sunderland round, taking place on Tuesday 10 August, will thrill fans in the North East owing to its city centre circuit.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, Councillor Linda Williams said:We have a strong track record for successfully hosting and supporting major events here in Sunderland and we look forward to the visit of the tour series. 

“This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to watch a major global sporting event that is broadcast across the world. We’re all very pleased that we have this opportunity to host and welcome the tour to Sunderland.”

Round three: Castle Douglas

The final event for 2021 will take place in Castle Douglas on Thursday 12 August as a part of the CD Bike and Food Festival.  While it will be the first visit for the Tour Series to Castle Douglas, the Tour of Britain has finished in the town on three occasions.

Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion, said: “The Tour Series is a wonderful cycling series to bring to Castle Douglas and Dumfries and Galloway. It will be eagerly anticipated and an opportunity for sports fans to enjoy a fabulous live event this summer.  

“In the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdowns, Dumfries and Galloway has become a pre-eminent cycling and staycation destination, and the Tour Series will help us profile our beautiful scenery and attractions to an appreciative audience.”

Click here for more information on the Castle Douglas round.