The Tour Series, Britain’s biggest cycle race series, will take a one-year hiatus in 2023, organisers SweetSpot have announced.

This decision has been made in light of the most challenging economic climate the series has faced since its inaugural edition in 2009. It has proved impossible to compile a commercially viable calendar of events for the intended series in May owing to the pressures on local authority funding, combined with the wider economic challenges all businesses face.

The series has proved transformative since its launch: cities such as London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bath and Durham are among those venues to have hosted one of the 125 rounds held to date.

Famed for its unique team-based format, stars such as Tom Pidcock (reigning Olympic men’s XC country champion and Tour de France stage winner), Laura Kenny (the first British woman to win five Olympic golds), and Dame Sarah Storey (Britain’s most decorated Paralympian) have nonetheless claimed individual victories at the event.

Since its launch in 2009 the series has enjoyed many successes – providing teams and their sponsors with guaranteed coverage (first on ITV, then through live streaming); offering a platform for the sport’s rising stars; equal prize money; schedule parity; and a much-acclaimed alternating schedule that saw men’s and women’s races alternate to headline rounds.

SweetSpot will use this break to work with British Cycling and partners on plans for the return of the series in 2024 to celebrate its 15th anniversary, complete with a refreshed format and events in Britain’s major cities as part of a fun filled, community day celebrating cycling and active travel.

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