The 2021 Tour Series calendar revealing three new host venues for this August’s events has today been announced.

Guisborough, Sunderland and Castle Douglas will each host men’s and women’s races in a compact week-long Tour Series, with events taking place on Sunday 8, Tuesday 10, and Thursday 12 August respectively, subject to final conditions.

This year will be the first time that the Tour Series has taken place outside of its traditional May date, with organisers SweetSpot working in collaboration with British Cycling, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Sunderland City Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council to put the events on in a new August calendar slot for 2021.

Owing to the postponement of last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019 men’s and women’s title winners Canyon dhb SunGod and CAMS-Basso remain the series’ reigning champions. Britain’s leading domestic teams will fight for the fight to wear the series’ new Freewheel.co.uk. leaders’ jerseys.

Round details

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, just over 800 days on from the conclusion of the 2019 series.

Round two will see a first visit to Sunderland on Tuesday 10 August for a round taking place in the city centre.

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, most recently in 2016 when German rider André Greipel took victory.

Castle Douglas becomes the fifth Scottish venue to have hosted a round of the Tour Series and ensures that there has been an event in Scotland in every edition since 2012. It will also become the 40th venue to host a round of the series proper, and the 110th Tour Series event held to date.

2021 series update

Highlights of all three rounds, presented by Ned Boulting, will again be broadcast on ITV4 and available to watch on catch-up via the ITV Hub.

Details of the men’s and women’s teams invited to compete in this year’s series will be announced at the end of June.

COVID-19 information

All three Tour Series events are pending COVID-19 restrictions in England and Scotland allowing for outdoor events with unticketed, standing spectators being permitted to take place.