Saint Piran WRT rider Hannah Bayes helped launch the Guisborough round of the 2022 Tour Series at a photo call on Monday (14 March).

Timed to coincide with the 50 days to go countdown until the historic market town hosts the opening round of Britain’s leading cycle race series for the second year running, Bayes was joined by Councillor Mary Lanigan, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council leader, and series mascot ToBi at the famous Gisborough Priory.

The round, taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May, was a new addition to the Tour Series schedule in 2021. Last year’s event saw memorable victories for eventual men’s series winners Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and a dominant display by the Great Britain U23 Track Team in the women’s race.

As part of the preparation for the event, Redcar and Cleveland Council will hold a Tour Series roadshow at 6pm on Friday 1 April at Sunnyfield House, designed to allow residents and local businesses to come and find out more about race and the logistics of the day.

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Photo: Councillor Mary Lanigan, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council leader, Saint Piran WRT rider Hannah Bayes and series mascot ToBi launched the Guisborough round on Monday

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Hannah Bayes, Saint Piran WRT rider, said: “I’m looking forward to coming back for the Tour Series in Guisborough. I didn’t get round last August as I crashed on the second lap, so I’m excited to return and hopefully be more successful. There was an amazing atmosphere last year – the crowds were really good, so it’s going to be great getting everyone back out again this year.”

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Councillor Mary Lanigan, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council leader, said: “It was wonderful to meet this inspiring young athlete today and we are very proud to be welcoming them all back to our borough. Last year’s event was incredibly well attended and there were lots of activities going on for all the family, not just the cycling enthusiasts. We were still in the midst of a number of COVID restrictions; this year, even more fantastic things are planned for spectators and visitors to the town, and our local businesses should benefit greatly from such a renowned sporting event taking place here once again.”

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Councillor Louise Westbury, cabinet member for climate change and culture, said: “We are planning a whole summer of sport and activities across the borough and more information will be released about this in the coming weeks – but what better way to kick it all off than a national, professional sporting event taking place on our doorsteps.

“We hope the Tour Series will inspire people to get outside and get active, whether it’s on a bike of their own, on foot or through taking part in some other activity. The summer will be rounded off with another huge cycling event – Britain’s leading cycle race, the Tour of Britain, will complete a stage in Redcar and Cleveland on Wednesday 7 September. There is so much to look forward to, and we want to see as many people as possible getting involved.”