Manchester is getting set to host the Grand Final of this year’s Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series, Britain’s leading televised cycle race series, on Tuesday 24 May.

The event will see Britain’s fastest men’s and women’s cycling teams crowned champions of the 13th season of the acclaimed series.

In addition to being the only north west round of this year’s series, the 2022 Grand Final is the first professional cycle race to be held in Manchester city centre since the final stage of the men’s Tour of Britain in September 2019.

Racegoers can expect two fascinating races in Manchester city centre. Will Wiv – SunGod and Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, the current men’s and women’s leaders respectively, retain their positions atop the standings after the hour-long races?

Both teams have led from the start of the series, and while for the former it would be a third title in four years, for the latter it would be a first title having memorably been usurped of their lead at the final round in 2021.

In action at the free-to-attend event will be the likes of Great Britain track stars Stockport-based Megan Barker and Charlie Tanfield, plus British circuit race champion Jo Tindley and 2018 Commonwealth Games medallist Jon Mould.

“Manchester is pretty close to home so I’m excited to ride down there” said Matt Gibson, who will be hoping his Wiv SunGod team are crowned champions on Deansgate. “Looking at the circuit, it might be similar to Sunderland, maybe a little bit more technical and not quite as difficult with being a bit flatter, but that should be a good round.

Among the other northwest riders looking forward to the Manchester event is Preston’s Cameron Jeffers, part of Ribble Weldtite’s winning line-up in 2021, who said; “I know those roads through the city centre well so I’m mega keen for the Grand Final.”

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 Britain in 2019, we are thrilled to host another cycling event in our city.

“The Sportsbreaks.com 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!”

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About the Grand Final

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.

Fans who cannot make it to the Grand Final will be able to follow the action live for the first time on the series’ website – tourseries.co.uk – with no geo-restrictions.  Highlights of both the men’s and women’s races will be aired on ITV4 at 7pm on Wednesday 25 May.

Hospitality is now available for the Grand Final in Manchester from £60 per person via official hospitality partners Sportsbreaks.com.