Manchester will play host to the most spectacular Grand Final to date of the Tour Series, Britain’s leading cycle race series, in May, an event supported by Manchester-based Sportsbreaks.com.

The historic northern city will be where the men’s and women’s champions of the event, which is now in its 13th year, will be crowned on Tuesday 24 May.

This new-for-2022 round will take place on a one-kilometre circuit centered around the world-famous Deansgate, with the start/finish line located adjacent to the Great Northern leisure complex.

The Tour Series is cycling’s leading spectator-friendly event, as the hour-long men’s and women’s race allow fans to see Britain’s leading riders repeatedly, with the racing accompanied by a high-octane DJ set and festival atmosphere.

This year’s Sportsbreaks.com Grand Final will further add to Manchester’s connections with cycling. As well as being the home of British Cycling, the national governing body, the city memorably hosted the finale of the Tour of Britain in 2019 on Deansgate.

Starting and finishing on Deansgate, the one-kilometre Manchester circuit will take riders down Quay Street, turning left onto Lower Byrom Street, before a second left-hander onto Liverpool Road in front of the iconic Science & Industry Museum. The final section of the lap will bring the riders through a fast turn back onto Deansgate for the sprint to the line. Each race will see the riders completing approximately 40 laps of the circuit.

Highlights of both the men’s and women’s races will once again be aired on ITV4 with Sportsbreaks.com the presenting partner of ITV4’s coverage of the Tour Series, enjoying broadcast sponsorship across the seven one-hour programmes.

For the first time every round of the Tour Series will also be streamed live on the Tour’s YouTube channel – youtube.com/thetourcycling – with no geo-restrictions.

The Sportsbreaks.com Grand Final will also be used as a showcase for future editions of the Tour Series, with organisers SweetSpot inviting prospective host venues to attend with a view to taking the 2023 Tour Series into other major city centres across the UK.

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Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, said: “What a Grand Final we have in store for this year’s Tour Series and a big thank you to Manchester City Council and our partners Sportsbreaks.com for their support! Crowning our 2022 champions on historic Deansgate will take the Tour Series to a whole new level, with the fast and thrilling action playing out in front of what will surely be a huge crowd. It’s going to be an unforgettable occasion: don’t miss it!”

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council Said: “Cycling is a huge part of Manchester’s culture, with the National Cycling Centre being refurbished and the creation of a brand-new cycle hub in Wythenshawe Park, improving cycling facilities is a key priority for Manchester City Council.

“Manchester is the home of British Cycling and after hosting the finale of the Tour of Britian in 2019, we are thrilled to host another cycling event in our city. “The Tour Series is an excellent opportunity for residents to get involved with cycling and to show their support for the sport. I can’t wait to see people line the streets to see this race- hope to see you there!”

About the 2022 Tour Series

Launched in 2009, the Tour Series remains unique in professional cycling owing to its team-based format. Last year’s series saw the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and CAMS – Basso teams crowned as the men’s and women’s champions respectively.

This year’s series comprises seven rounds across May. Guisborough hosted the series opener once again on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May), with Sunderland also returning for the second year running on Tuesday 10 May.

Scotland will host two rounds – Galashiels (which took place on Wednesday evening) and Stranraer (Thursday 12 May), before Britain’s best teams and riders head to the seaside for the series’ first-ever visit to Clacton on Thursday 19 May.

The series will visit London for the first time since 2018 when Barking hosts what promises to be one of the quickest rounds in history on Saturday 21 May.

Hospitality is now available for all rounds of the Tour Series, including the Sportsbreaks.com Grand Final in Manchester, from £40 per person via Official Hospitality Partners Sportsbreaks.com. Visit sportsbreaks.com/cycling for more information.

About Sportsbreaks.com

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