PEARL iZUMi has today been appointed the official technical clothing partner of the Tour Series, Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, the UK’s leading cycle events, for 2021.

Founded in 1950, PEARL iZUMi has used cutting-edge technology and a passion for cycling to craft market-leading jerseys, outerwear, essentials and footwear for athletes on two wheels for over 65 years.

This partnership with SweetSpot, organiser of the three events, will see PEARL iZUMi make the much-coveted leaders’ jerseys for the Tour Series, Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. COVID-19 prevention – including face masks – will also be provided.

PEARL iZUMi has an historic link to SweetSpot’s acclaimed events, having been the title sponsor of the Tour Series between 2013 and 2016. It has been a brand at the forefront of cycling for many years and has a reputation for manufacturing high-quality cycling apparel across all disciplines, particularly road cycling. The cutting-edge technology used within PEARL iZUMi products and the racing pedigree of the brand makes it an obvious fit for the Tour Series, Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. It is also on a mission to make 90% of its product line-up from recycled, renewable or organic material by 2022.

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Hugh Roberts, SweetSpot chief executive, said: “We are excited to welcome PEARL iZUMi back into our partner family. It was a driving force in our Tour Series events and we know it will bring innovation in design and fabrics to our much-coveted race jerseys. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming racing back to the roads of Britain.”

Kellie Parsons, marketing director at Madison, said: “It is great to once again be partnering up PEARL iZUMi with the Tour Series, as well as adding the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour. PEARL iZUMi cycling apparel really is market-leading, so it makes perfect sense for us to get the brand in front of racing fans with a high level of technical knowledge. After such a turbulent time, we cannot wait to get stuck back into some bike racing.”

Round locations and race days for the 2021 Tour Series, which will take place in August, will be revealed shortly.