Whilst at the launch for The Pearl Izumi Tour Series Colchester we walked the circuit with rider Russell Hampton to get his thoughts on the new-look course.

As with previous years The Pearl Izumi Tour Series road race will begin and end outside Colchester's Town Hall. But 2013 brings some exciting changes to the circuit that will make the route even more challenging for the cycling professionals. The race route takes cyclists from the Town Hall, along the High Street, a left turn into Head Street and into St John's Street, as in previous years, but then the elite racers will take a sharp left and then right from St John's Street into Vineyard Gate car park before they join St Botolph's Street, speed up Queen Street and along the High Street to the finish line.
 

Have a look at the video here to see Russell Hampton’s guide to the Colchester circuit including his opinions on the circuit changes. At the bottom you can also see the short film from the launch where we caught up with other riders to get their thoughts on the upcoming event…