Following the final round of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series we’ve been delving into the stats behind the Series.

Since the successful conclusion to the Series in Ipswich we’ve been looking into the stats behind the Series and over the course of the next three days will pick out some of the interesting stats and facts, from laps led to average speeds.

To get us underway, here’s the leader board of laps led by each of the teams competing in The Pearl Izumi Tour Series. This was calculated from looking at the rider to have crossed the start/finish line first on each lap of the Series.

Despite coming fourth in the standings, Team Raleigh comfortably lead the way with 123 laps, over 20 more than next based team, champions, Team UK Youth.

Team Raleigh 123 laps
Team UK Youth 100 laps
Rapha Condor JLT 58 laps
Madison Genesis 55 laps
Node4 Giordana Racing 55 laps
MG Maxifuel 6 laps
Team IG Sigma Sport 4 laps
Spin Rotor – Primal – C-Originals 4 laps
Wheelbase Altura MGD 3 laps
Metaltek – Knights of Old 3 laps
Team Hope Factory Racing 1 lap



Raleigh led the most laps at four rounds (Kirkcaldy, Stoke-on-Trent, Redditch and Aylsham) and jointly the most at a further two (Aberystwyth and Torquay). Interestingly only in Kirkcaldy did they convert that stat into a team victory, and in Redditch an individual win.

In Canary Wharf (below) Raleigh shared the honour along with Team UK Youth of most laps led by a team in a single-round, heading 20 of the laps around the world famous business and shopping district.


Raleigh, along with Team UK Youth and Rapha Condor JLT were also the only teams to lead every round of the Series at some point.

At the other end of the standings Team Hope Factory Racing’s sole lap on the front came in Woking thanks to Dave Collins, while the other teams remain surprisingly close.

Magnus Backstedt’s two laps on the front behind the ITV4 motorbike following his retirement in Canary Wharf edge MG Maxifuel clear, while it’s interesting to note that guest team Wheelbase Altura MGD managed to lead laps on two of their three appearances in the Series, an excellent hit record.

Their three laps led equalled that of Metaltek – Knights of Old, although the Melton Mowbray team came away from Round Seven in Redditch with the all-important team victory (below), despite never once hitting the front as Tom Scully’s lone break swept up all of the lead laps.


Other than UK Youth managed to be the fifth best team on laps led in Ipswich (3 laps) but still take the team win. Nigel Mansell’s team proved the masters of only hitting the front when it mattered coming fourth on laps led in Torquay and second in both Woking and Aylsham, but taking the team win on each occasion.

This contrasts with Rapha Condor JLT in Durham, Node4 Giordana Racing in Woking and Madison Genesis in Ipswich, who all led the most laps with only Kristian House’s individual win in Durham to show from the combined 49 laps on the front.

Finally, at just one round in 2013 did all five riders from a squad lead a round, and amazingly at Canary Wharf two teams, Node4 Giordana Racing and Team UK Youth, managed it.

Most teams to lead a round = 9 teams, Round 5 Torquay
Least teams to lead a round = 4 teams, Round 4 Aberystwyth
Most laps led in a round =   20 laps, Team Raleigh and UK Youth, Round 8 Canary Wharf
Most riders from a team to lead a round = 5, UK Youth and Node4 Giordana Racing, Round 8 Canary Wharf
Average number of teams to lead a round = 5.4 teams