Cumbria’s biggest bike race of the year has secured the backing of BAE Systems as the lead local sponsor.

The adrenalin-filled race around the streets of Barrow on 15 May will now be billed as the Pearl Izumi Tour Series BAE Systems Barrow Stage, in recognition of the support the town’s biggest employer is providing to bring some of the world’s top professional cyclists to Barrow.

BAE Systems will be working closely with co-sponsor Cumbria County Council as well as Barrow Borough Council, who are providing organisational support to run the event. Scores of BAE Systems employees have volunteered to work as marshalls and stewards on the night, so the company is involved at all levels in making the most of one of the town’s biggest nights of the year.

Jackie Arnold is Head of Strategy at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines and oversees the business’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. She said: “BAE Systems is proud to sponsor The Pearl Izumi Cycle Series in Barrow.

“The event is a fantastic opportunity – not only for cyclists, but for the whole community to showcase Barrow as a great place to live and work.

“As one of the main employers in the area, BAE Systems is committed to supporting the local community. This is a rare opportunity to welcome top athletes from around the world to the area, and we hope local residents will get involved and show their support.”

Cllr Kevin Hamilton, Chair of Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Local Committee, said: “I’m delighted that BAE Systems are giving this event their full support. It’s a clear signal that the whole town is getting behind the event and everybody recognises what a wonderful opportunity this is to showcase Barrow and all it has to offer. There’s lots of hard work going on behind the scenes and it’s great to have another partner on board helping with the preparation and giving the event maximum profile. There’s just over a month to go now before what we hope will be a memorable evening.”

Below – Cllr Kevin Hamilton joins Jackie Arnold and Wheelbase Altura MGD Manager Toby Dalton, plus local riders Stuart Reid (Wheelbase Altura MGD) and Jack Sadler (Rapha Condor JLT) inside the Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow.

Barrow is the only venue in the North West to host a round of the 10-event, five-week series. It is the first time Cumbria has ever hosted a Pearl Izumi Tour Series event.  A map of the circuit can be found below or on the Barrow section of the website.

The race, which starts at 7pm after an afternoon of community cycling events and races, will be televised by ITV4, bringing action-packed and exciting team-based racing into living rooms across the UK and presenting an opportunity for Barrow to showcase its location on a national footing. The event is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the town, many of them overnight – bringing a big boost to the local economy.

Below – Pearl Izumi Tour Series organisers join Jack, Toby and Stuart outside BAE’s Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow.