CAMS – Basso Bikes and Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling took the women’s and men’s Tour Series titles at the final round of the 2021 series in Castle Douglas on Thursday.

The series’ 2019 women’s champions CAMS – Basso Bikes retained their title, overturning the lead of Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen at the death, thanks to a strong performance on the streets of Dumfries & Galloway that was capped off with Welsh rider Megan Barker taking her second individual win of the week. In our tightest-ever series, CAMS – Basso Bikes triumphed on countback.

Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) took second on the night and at least ensured the runners-up spot for her squad. She also secured the blue Freewheel.co.uk sprints jersey.

Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling held on to their overall lead despite stiff opposition from defending men’s champions Canyon dhb SunGod, whose dominant performance took them to within one point of retaining their title. They did, however, enjoy success in the form of the individual race win for Charlie Tanfield. The victory was Tanfield’s first since competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

In the men’s competition it was Guisborough race winner Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) who took the sprints jersey, a competition he also won in the 2018 Tour Series. Gibson’s performance in the Castle Douglas round was key to Ribble Weldtite retaining their Freewheel.co.uk yellow jerseys, with the Warrington-born rider the only member of his five-rider team to make the front group that had been driven away by Canyon dhb SunGod.

Having had their chances of a historic hat-trick of Tour Series titles damaged by losing a pair of riders to a crash in round one in Guisborough, Canyon dhb SunGod knew that they needed to put significant distance and other teams between themselves and Ribble Weldtite on the night.

Strong performances from the Wales Racing Academy and Crimson Orientation Marketing RT nearly helped them achieve that. But ultimately the efforts of Gibson, Charles Page, Freddie Scheske, Cameron Jeffers and Will Brown was enough for Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling to claim their first Tour Series title.

Results

Click here for full results from the women’s races in Castle Douglas.

Click here for full results from the men’s races in Castle Douglas.

TV coverage

Highlights of the Castle Douglas races are on ITV4 at 7pm on Friday 13 August with a repeat at 6:55am on Saturday 14 August. They will also be available for 30 days via the ITV Hub.