Former World Track Champion Alex Frame visited St Mary’s RC primary in Bath today as he gears up to help his JLT Condor team defending their Tour Series title this month.

The JLT Condor rider, who lives in Bath, was joined by Team Ford EcoBoost riders Charmain Porter and Jenny Powell, from Cirencester and Cheltenham respectively.
 
Britain’s leading televised race Series heads to Bath for its first ever Saturday night event on 20th May, and the riders headed to St Mary’s school to tell the pupils more about the event
 
“It’s very nice and I really enjoy living in Bath,” said Alex Frame, who moved to Bath earlier this year.  “It’s a good place to ride your bike around here as well. My girlfriend and her family are going to come out and watch, so I might have a little bit of pressure on me.”
 
Commenting on the race, Jenny Powell said, “It’s really good to have such a local circuit and Bath is a really beautiful place as well.  It’s a technical course but it goes past some of the city’s most iconic features.”
 
Bath will host Round Four of the women’s Matrix Fitness GP Series at 4pm on the Saturday, with the elite men taking to the new city centre circuit at 6pm.

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Families are being offered a unique opportunity to cycle The Tour Series circuit in Bath city centre on Saturday 20 May.
 
Later that day Bath will host the first ever Saturday night stage of The Tour Series and The Matrix Fitness Women’s Grand Prix, supported by Bristol Airport and KLM, with a brand new city centre circuit, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street.
 
The two Tour Series Family Ride Sessions will take place on the traffic-free race circuit at 12.45pm and 1.45pm, taking in Terrace Walk, Orange Grove, High Street, Pulteney Bridge and Great Pulteney Street.
There will be no competitive races – just a great opportunity to cycle around the city centre when the streets are closed. All ages can get involved. Families can even bring scooters or buggies.
 
Families will need to register in advance with EventBrite – www.eventbrite.co.uk and search Tour Series, Bath, to take part in the sessions.
 
Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Tour Series to Bath later this month and I’m sure that it will appeal to people of all ages, but in particular families with young children. We know that cycling is incredibly popular and a great way to spend time with your family, so we hope the children who met with the professional cyclists today will be inspired, not only to take part in the family events on Saturday 20 May, but also take up cycling in the future as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
 
Alex Frame raced for JLT Condor in the 2016 Tour Series and is a former World Track Champion, having claimed Gold in the Team Pursuit in 2015.  The New Zealander has been in good form so far in 2017, winning two stages of both the New Zealand Cycle Classic Istrian Sprint Trophy in Croatia this Spring.

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Charmaine Porter, who servers with 29 Regiment RLC is the reigning women’s Inter-Services Road Race Champion and recently finished second in the Essex Giro round of the women’s National Series.  Teammate Jenny Powell is the 2016 South Region Road Race Champion and has joined Ford EcoBoost for 2017.
 
The Tour Series gets underway in Redditch, Worcestershire, on Tuesday 9th May, visiting ten locations across England and Scotland before the final event in Stevenage on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May.
 
Highlights of every round of The Tour Series will be shown on ITV4, with programmes also be available on demand via the ITV Hub.  Action from the Bath event will be screen on Monday 22nd May at 19:00 with a repeat the following daytime.