The OVO Energy Tour Series and OVO Energy Tour of Britain will both head to Wirral this year as a part of the area’s celebrations as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture for 2019.  It will be the first time that Wirral has hosted either of the events.

Where and when?

This year’s OVO Energy Tour Series round will take place in Birkenhead on Tuesday 21 May using a circuit based around Hamilton Square and features both men’s and women’s races.  It will be the first time since 2010 that a round of the unique, team-based OVO Energy Tour Series has taken place on Merseyside.

What else?

Wirral will also host the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious professional cycle race, this September.

Details of the stage, one that will see the world’s top teams and riders heading to Wirral, and the exact date for the race, will be announced as part of the full national launch in the spring.  The Wirral stage will mark a return for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to Merseyside for the first time since 2014.

What they said…

Cllr Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, said:I know Wirral residents will share my excitement and I am just thrilled they will have the chance to see this event for themselves and make memories with their families which will stay with them forever.”

Both organised and promoted by SweetSpot Group, the OVO Energy Tour Series and OVO Energy Tour of Britain are broadcast on ITV4 and around the world, and will attract a six-figure spectator attendance across the two days of activities.

“We are delighted to be working with our partners at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and are excited to have the opportunity to be a part of their plans for the year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

 “The OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain will give cycling fans from across the North West of England and North Wales the chance to see two, action packed days of cycling free of charge.  We hope that the opportunity to witness first hand these events in Wirral will inspire many more people to get on their bikes and be more active, but also to celebrate the culture of their home area.”

Further details of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour Series, including the participating teams and riders, will be announced in the coming weeks.