In 2015 Pedal Heaven were one of the success stories of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, finishing third overall and top non-UCI team in their first full attempt at the Series. This year they’re aiming to go even better, and have their eyes on race victories in the televised Series.

“With regard to the teams progress not a lot changes we did everything we could last year to prepare and be organised to maximise our potential and get the best result we can and we will be doing the same this year,” said Team Manager Tim Elverson on the eve of the 2016 Series.  “Hopefully that will involve the podium on many occasions!”

Pedal Heaven first entered the Pearl Izumi Tour Series as a guest team, making the step up to take on the full Series in 2015.  With strong performances throughout the Series, the team were proclaimed not only the top non-UCI team, but finished third overall and ‘best of the rest’ behind Madison Genesis and ONE Pro Cycling, who fought out the overall title battle.

This year sees the team stepping up to be registered at the UCI Continental level alongside the likes of JLT Condor presented by Mavic and Team Raleigh GAC.  The team have already been amongst the victories, taking the win at the Tour of the Reservoir round of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series in April.

“Obviously we have started the year well and are looking to continue our progress, criterium racing is something we have performed well in across the years and therefore we are excited to be returning to the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, we take to the line with the belief that if it all goes well, we can win it as a team and obviously we are very keen to get and individual win as well so that we can tick that box.”

Round One takes place at Ramsey on the Isle of Man as a part of the Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by the Isle of Man Bank.  For more information please visit www.iomcyclefest.com

Highlights of the opening event will be shown on ITV4 at 1900 Monday 16 May, with a repeat 1300 on Tuesday 17 May.  The programme will also be available on demand via the ITV Player catch-up service.

Check out the below interview with Tim Elverson and rider Alex Paton following last year's Bath event.