Champions Crowned at Tour Series in Dumfries – Galleries & Race Reports

CAMS – Basso and Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling took the women’s and men’s Tour Series titles at the final round of the 2021 series in Castle Douglas.

Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling held on to their overall lead despite stiff opposition from defending champions Canyon dhb SunGod, whose dominant performance took them to within one point of retaining their title with the individual race win for Charlie Tanfield as consolation.  The victory was Tanfield’s first since competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Meanwhile 2019 women’s champions CAMS – Basso retained their title, overturning the lead of Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen thanks to a strong performance on the streets of Dumfries & Galloway as Megan Barker took her second individual win of the week.

Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) took second on the night and ensured the runners up spot for her squad, as well as clinching the blue Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey.

CS: That’s two wins in a row!

M: “Yeh! I was on the back foot & I managed to salvage it.” 

CS: Did you feel like you weren’t quite on form? We were wondering whether you were holding back a little?

M: “No not really. I’m ok on the hard drag bit, but the technical bit around the back of the course is my downfall. I’ve been working on that. The last five laps I just moved up to the front, led it out for a while & managed to hang on.”

After a rest this weekend. You can catch up with Megan (CAMS – Basso) the following weekend at the Ryedale GP in Ampleforth, part of the Women’s BC National Road Series

Megan Barker

Team CAMS – Basso

In the men’s competition it was Guisborough race winner Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) taking the Sprints jersey, a competition he also won in the 2018 Tour Series.

Gibson’s performance in the Castle Douglas round was key to Ribble Weldtite retaining their Freewheel.co.uk yellow jerseys, with the Warrington-born rider the only member of his five-rider team to make the front group that had been driven away by Canyon dhb SunGod.

Having had their chances of a historic hattrick of Tour Series titles damaged by losing a pair of riders to a crash in Round One in Guisborough, Canyon dhb SunGod knew that they needed to put significant distance and other teams between themselves and Ribble Weldtite on the night.

CS: Here you come using what looks like Tokyo form (After infamously being crashed into by the Danish Team Pursuit Squad on the Izu Velodrome Track). How did that feel?

C: “Yeh Amazing! The lads did a great job all night, so if anyone could finish it off for the Team on the night. The goal was to get the Team win – so fingers crossed with a lap to go I knew it would be amazing. 

After a rest this weekend. You can catch up with Charlie (Canyon dhb SunGod) at the Ryedale GP in Ampleforth, part on the Elite BC National Road Series.

Charlie Tanfield

Team Canyon dhb SunGod

Strong performances from the Wales Racing Academy and Crimson Orientation Marketing RT nearly helped Canyon dhb SunGod achieve that. But ultimately the efforts of Gibson, Charles Page, Freddie Scheske, Cameron Jeffers and Will Brown was enough for a first Tour Series title for Ribble Weldite.

Highlights of the Castle Douglas races are on ITV4 at 7pm on Friday 13 August with a repeat at 6.55am on Saturday 14 August and available for 30 days via the ITV Hub.

Final Results

Women’s team result

1) CAMS – Basso Bikes, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldesen, 14pts
3) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 13pts,
4) Team LDN – Brother UK, 12pts
5) Jadan – Vive le Velo, 11pts

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Women’s individual result

1) Megan Barker, GBR, CAMS – Basso Bikes, 50:13.725
2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjelldsen, + 0.344
3) Jessica Finney, GBR, CAMS – Basso Bikes, + 0.650
4) Frankie Morgans-Slader, GBR, AWOL O’Shea, + 1.654
5) Samantha Stuart, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, + 4.336

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Megan Barker, GBR, CAMS – Basso Bikes, 2:05.709

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 40pts

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Women’s team standings

1) CAMS Basso, 42pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjelldsen, 42pts
3) Team LDN – Brother UK, 32pts
4) Jadan Vive Le Velo, 30pts
5) Team Boompods, 30pts

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Men’s team result

1) Canyon dhb SunGod, 13pts
2) Wales Racing Academy, 12pts
3) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 11pts
4) Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, 10pts
5) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 9pts

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Men’s individual result

1) Charlie Tanfield, GBR, Canyon dhb SunGod, 1:06.32.015
2) Alec Briggs, GBR, TEKKERZ, + 0.486
3) Jim Brown, GBR, Canyon dhb SunGod, + 1.019
4) Leon Mazzone, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, + 1.498
5) Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 1.509

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Charlie Tanfield, GBR, Canyon dhb SunGod, 1:49.570

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 35pts

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Men’s team standings

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 35pts
2) Canyon dhb SunGod, 34pts
3) Wales Racing Academy, 33pts
4) Crimson Orientation Marketing, 32pts
5) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 23pts

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Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Race Report & Gallery – Round 2 Tour Series – Sunderland

Welsh riders came out on top in the first ever Sunderland round of the Tour Series as Megan Barker (CAMS – Basso) and Will Roberts (Wales Racing Academy) took the individual honours on Wearside.

Barker’s victory, her third Tour Series win, helped CAMS – Basso take the win on the night to set up a nail biting finale in Castle Douglas on Thursday with just one point separating them and Series leaders Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen.

Meanwhile Roberts took the men’s win on the night as reigning champions Canyon dhb SunGod bounced back from their disappointing opening event to take their tenth-round victory.  Heading to Scotland they trail overall leaders Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling by three points, keeping the dream of a historic hattrick of titles alive, but very much an outside shot.

After a packed day of family activities in Sunderland’s Mowbray Park, Britain’s leading men’s and women’s teams took the stage on the fast 1.3km circuit around the perimeter of the park.

Despite predictions that the long uphill drag of Burdon Road would split the peloton, and the efforts of a motivated CAMS – Basso team to do just that, the field largely hung together with Jo Tindley’s Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen team able to shadow their moves and keep the five yellow Freewheel.co.uk jerseys.

Tindley also held on to the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints competition while there was a first ever Brother UK Fastest Lap win for Crimson Orientation Marketing RT and Samantha Stuart.

After their victory in Guisborough on Sunday Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling kept the men’s yellow Freewheel.co.uk jerseys, two points ahead of Crimson Orientation Marketing RT with Canyon dhb SunGod and Wales Racing Academy level a further point in arrears.

The Welsh team enjoyed a standout Sunderland round with Gorseinon’s Roberts attacking from a small group to hold on to the win by just over a second from Ollie Rees (TRINITY Racing) while fellow Wales Racing Academy rider Joe Holt took third.

Active throughout had been British Olympian Charlie Tanfield having been drafted into the Canyon dhb SunGod fresh from arriving back from Tokyo to take fourth on the night and help his team to victory.

As well as keeping the overall teams lead, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling hold onto the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey through Matt Gibson while Chris McGlinchey took the Brother UK Fastest Lap for Team Spectra p/b Wiggle.

Highlights of the Sunderland races are on ITV4 at 7pm on Wednesday 11 August with a repeat at 12.30pm on Thursday 12 August and available for 30 days via the ITV Hub.

Round 2 Results

Women’s team result
1) CAMS-Basso Bikes, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts
3) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 14pts
4) Brother UK Cycle Team OnForm, 13pts
5) Jadan-Vive le Velo

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Women’s individual result
1) Meg Barker, GBR, CAMS – Basso Bikes, 50:17.218
2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, + 0.473
3) Samantha Stuart, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, + 0.865
4) Jessica Finney, GBR, CAMS – Basso Bikes, + 1.029
5) Ellen McDermott, GBR, Team Boompods, + 1.085

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Brother UK Fastest Lap
Samantha Stuart, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, 1:41.874
Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition
Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 28pts

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Women’s team standings after round two
1) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 28pts
2) CAMS – Basso, 27pts
3) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 24pts
4) Team Boompods, 22pts
5) Team LDN – Brother UK, 20pts

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Men’s team result
1) Canyon dhb SunGod, 13pts
2) Wales Racing Academy, 12pts
3) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 11pts
4) Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, 10pts
5) Saint Piran, 9pts

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Men’s individual result
1) William Roberts, GBR, Wales Racing Academy, 1:06.16.314
2) Ollie Rees, GBR, TRINITY Racing, + 1.235
3) Joe Holt, GBR, Wales Racing Academy, + 1.412
4) Charlie Tanfield, GBR, Canyon dhb SunGod, + 1.475
5) Toby Barnes, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, + 2.467

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Brother UK Fastest Lap
Chris McGlinchey, IRL, Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 1:33.144
Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition
Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 25pts

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Men’s team standings after round one
1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 24pts
2) Crimson Orientation Marketing RT, 22pts
3) Canyon dhb SunGod, 21pts
4) Wales Racing Academy, 21pts
5) TEKKERZ, 16pts

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Tour Series - Round 3

The final round (Round Three) of the 2021 Tour Series takes place on Thursday 12 August in Castle Douglas in Dumfries & Galloway as a part of the CD Bike & Food Festival with 18:00 (women’s) and 19:30 (men’s).

Owing to current COVID-19 guidelines in Scotland, the Castle Douglas round will be ticketed (free of charge) and limited to 3,500 spectators.

Spectators can register for tickets via the Tour Series website here.

THURSDAY 12 AUGUST

Women’s team presentation – 5:25pm

Women’s race – 6pm to 6:50pm

Women’s podium ceremony – 6:50pm

Men’s team presentation: 7:05pm

Men’s race – 7:30pm to 8:45pm.

Men’s podium ceremony – 9pm

FRIDAY 13 AUGUST

ITV4 highlights show – 7pm

For more information visit: www.tourseries.co.uk

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Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk
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Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Dolan Bikes – Announced as Official Bike Partner – Tour of Britain 2021

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Lancashire-based leading bike brand Dolan Bikes have been appointed the official bike partner of this year’s Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series, the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycling events.

As part of the partnership, two lucky race fans will win a fully custom-built road bike worth £3,000 during this year’s Tour of Britain (5 – 12 September) and Women’s Tour (4 – 9 October). Choosing from a Dolan Ares or Dolan Tuono, the winners will be able to create the bike of their choice, including paint scheme overseen by Dolan Bikes’ in-house team.

The partnership got underway to coincide with the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough, with Wales Racing Academy rider Will Roberts winning Round Two in Sunderland on a Dolan Rebus.

Dolan Bikes specialise at offering bikes direct to customers – no two bikes are the same and each customer is able to specify every component on the build. Dolan Bikes’ heritage stretches back to 1966, when Terry Dolan began to build frames in Walton, Liverpool, before going on to establish his own shop. The brand then went on to supply international teams and professionals on both road and track. Terry’s history with the both Tour of Britain – in its Kellogg’s Tour guise – and the Milk Race dates to the mid-1980s when he made frames for ANC Halfords and Team Falcon Cycles, who won the events on six occasions.

We are delighted to partner with Dolan Bikes and are especially thankful that an iconic British company is supporting our ever-popular races. It has been a tough couple of years for the events industry, so to have the support of Dolan now is fantastic news.

Miles Rose

Commercial Director of Tour of Britain, SweetSpot,

Further details of the competition to win either a Dolan Ares or Dolan Tuono will be announced in the build up to the Tour of Britain, which gets underway in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September.

The Tour of Britain is shown live and in full on ITV4, as well as in over 150 countries around the world, and generates widespread media attention, making it the perfect opportunity for brands to reach a truly global audience. Partnership opportunities are available for the 2021 race, ranging from title sponsorship of the event through to jersey naming rights.

For more information visit: sweetspotgroup.co.uk/sponsorship-opportunities.

 

Being a leading British bike brand and having supported our greatest on the road to success, we felt that supporting the biggest bikes races would celebrate the success of cycling in Britain.

Terry Dolan

Director, Dolan Bikes

About the Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the event’s official website at tourofbritain.co.uk.

 

About the Women’s Tour

Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the Women’s Tour is the UK’s first international stage race for women, bringing the world’s top riders to compete in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

The race, which has been won by the likes of Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016, 2019) and Coryn Rivera (2018), attracts an annual roadside audience of 300,000, as well as over three million fans through linear and online platforms.

Follow the Women’s Tour on Twitter (#WomensTour), Facebook, and Instagram or via the event’s official website at womenstour.co.uk.

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Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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The Tour Series Returns – Round 1 – Guisborough Race Report

Eluned King (Great Britain Under-23) and Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) powered their teams to victory in the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough on Sunday, as the Series made a triumphant return after 806 days away.

King outsprinted Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) and Ellen McDermott (Team Boompods) from a six-rider group in the women’s race before Gibson soloed to victory in the following men’s event with a dominant win by almost a complete lap.

The results put the Great Britain Under-23 track women’s team and Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling into the yellow Freewheel.co.uk leaders’ jerseys heading to Round Two in Sunderland on Tuesday (10 August).

King and teammate Abi Smith were part of a six-rider group that went away early on in the women’s race, building a lead of just under a minute that they held until the end, with King outsprinting Tindley at the Westgate finish line.  The win comes two weeks after King won the overall title at the British Cycling National Circuit Series while Tindley’s consolation was taking the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey while Smith won the opening Brother UK Fastest Lap of 2021.

In the opening men’s race Gibson’s dominant display was helped by an early crash that eliminated his Ribble Weldtite teammate Freddie Scheske and several other riders and split the peloton.  That gave Gibson the opportunity that he seized, forging clear and coming home nearly 90 seconds ahead of the main bunch, led in Joe Holt of the Wales Racing Academy and Leon Mazzone (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT).

The win – Gibson’s third Tour Series victory – helped Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling to their first ever Tour Series team win ahead of Crimson Orientation Marketing RT and the Scottish national team.

 

Highlights of the Guisborough races are on ITV4 at 7pm on Monday 9 August with a repeat at 12.30pm on Tuesday 10 August and available for 30 days via the ITV Hub.

Interview – Matt Gibson Ribble-Weldtite Round 1 – Tour Series 2021 Guisborough by Cycling Shorts

Post race interview with Round One winner of the Tour Series 2021 in Guisborough – Matt Gibson. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc / www.chrismaher.co.uk Images by www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

Round 1 Results

Women’s team result

1) Great Britain U23 Track Team, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts
3) Team Boompods, 13pts
4) CAMS – Basso, 12pts
5) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 11pts

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Women’s individual result

1) Eluned King, GBR, Great Britain U23 Track Team, 53:11.044
2) Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, + 0.198
3) Ellen McDermott, GBR, Team Boompods, + 0.225
4) Abi Smith, GBR, Great Britain U23 Track Team, + 05.24
5) Harriet Dodd, GBR, Team LDN – Brother UK, + 0.683

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Abi Smith, GBR, Great Britain U23, 1:53.971

 

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts

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Women’s team standings after round one

1) Great Britain U23 Track Team, 15pts
2) Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen, 14pts
3) Team Boompods, 13pts
4) CAMS – Basso, 12pts
5) ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy, 11pts

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Men’s team result

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 13pts
2) Crimson Orientation Marketing, 12pts
3) Scotland, 11pts
4) TEKKERZ, 10pts
5) Wales Racing Academy, 9pts

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Men’s individual result

1) Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 1:04:30.420
2) Joe Holt, GBR, Wales Racing Academy, + 1:26.666
3) Leon Mazzone, GBR, Crimson Orientation Marketing, + 1:28.323
4) Issac Mundy, GBR, Richardsons Trek DAS, + 1.28.344
5) Charles Page, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 1.28.987

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Brother UK Fastest Lap

Finn Crockett, GBR, Scotland, 1:42.407

 

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Matt Gibson, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 18pts

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Men’s team standings after round one

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 13pts
2) Crimson Orientation Marketing, 12pts
3) Scotland, 11pts
4) TEKKERZ, 10pts
5) Wales Racing Academy, 9pts

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Tour Series - Round 2

Next up for the Tour Series is the first ever Sunderland round on Tuesday 10 August.

Held on a 1.3 kilometre circuit starting and finishing on Burdon Road.

Racing will be fast and aggressive owing to the city’s four-corner circuit based around the stunning Mowbray Park. Starting and finishing in the shadow of the Jack Crawford statue, a memorial to a local sailing hero, the course takes in Burdon Road, Park Road, Toward Road and Borough Road, as well as passing the city’s Museum and Winter Gardens.

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST

Women’s team presentation – 5pm.

Women’s race – 5:30pm to 6:20pm.

Women’s podium ceremony – 6:20pm

Men’s team presentation: 6:35pm

Men’s race – 7pm to 8:15pm.

Men’s podium ceremony – 8:20pm

 

For more information visit: www.tourseries.co.uk

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

Want to get involved? Why not get in touch.

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World’s Top Teams to star in 2021 Tour of Britain

The world’s top three teams will be among the 18 squads competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, the 17th edition of the UK’s leading bike race.

INEOS Grenadiers, Deceuninck – Quick-Step and Team Jumbo – Visma are among the seven UCI WorldTeams – along with Israel Start-Up Nation, Movistar Team, Team DSM and Team Qhubeka NextHash – who will take part in the eight-day event, which begins in Cornwall on Sunday 5 September. 

They will be joined by four UCI ProTeams, including the Belgian Alpecin – Fenix squad of reigning champion Mathieu van der Poel. 

The 18 teams competing in the 2021 Tour of Britain are:

  • Alpecin – Fenix (Belgium)
  • Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (Spain)
  • Canyon dhb SunGod (Great Britain)
  • Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
  • Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand) – first appearance in 2021
  • Great Britain (Great Britain)
  • INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Rally Cycling (USA) – first appearance in 2021
  • Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • Saint Piran (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021
  • SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
  • Team Arkéa – Samsic (France) – first appearance in 2021
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • Team Jumbo – Visma (Netherlands)
  • Team Qhubeka NextHash (South Africa)
  • TRINITY Racing (Great Britain) – first appearance in 2021

Ever-present in their home Tour since their inaugural 2010 season, INEOS Grenadiers will return to the race looking to add to their illustrious record of one overall triumph, 17 stage wins and two jersey victories. With eight British riders – including Tour of Britain stage winner Luke Rowe and podium finisher Owain Doull – among their 32-rider squad, home interest is all-but guaranteed in their six-rider line-up for the race.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step are the most successful team in modern Tour history, having claimed 22 stages and two overall victories since the race returned to the calendar in 2004. Their most recent GC victory came with Frenchman and reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe in 2018. The team have already claimed 40 victories in 2021, meaning their six-rider squad promises to be incredibly strong.

The Dutch Jumbo – Visma team will compete in their 10th Tour of Britain this September, during which time they have won the race twice (through Dutchman Lars Boom, in 2010 and 2017) and taken 10 stage victories. They will be among the favourites for victory in stage three’s Carmarthenshire team time trial having triumphed in the equivalent stage three years ago.

Among the five teams making their Tour of Britain debut in 2021 are the American Rally Cycling outfit, with their distinctive bright orange jerseys, and Team Arkéa – Samsic, for whom former British road race champion Connor Swift and compatriot Dan McLay could be selected to be compete.

The talented Spanish Caja Rural – Seguros team return for their first participation since 2016 while ambitious Kiwi outfit Global 6 Cycling will cap their debut season in the peloton with a ride in Britain’s biggest race.

Further home interest comes in the selection of all five of Britain’s UCI Continental teams: Canyon dhb SunGod, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, Saint Piran, SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing. A Great Britain national team, likely to feature emerging talents, will also compete.

Further announcements about the provisional rider list for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks.

What a race we have in store for us this September! Once again, we’ve attracted the world’s biggest teams to the Tour of Britain, and I know they’re going to put on a show for the home fans and our worldwide TV audience. Combined with those British domestic teams we’ve invited, who always ride fearlessly and get stuck in, I really cannot wait for the racing to begin now!

Mick Bennett

Race Director, Tour of Britain

2021 Tour of Britain Stages

 

Stage One Sunday 5 September Penzance to Bodmin 180.8km
Stage Two Monday 6 September Sherford to Exeter 184km
Stage Three Tuesday 7 September Carmarthenshire team time trial 18.1km
Stage Four Wednesday 8 September Aberaeron to Great Orme, Llandudno 209.7km
Stage Five Thursday 9 September Alderley Park to Warrington 152km
Stage Six Friday 10 September Carlisle to Gateshead 192.7km
Stage Seven Saturday 11 September Hawick to Edinburgh 194.7km
Stage Eight Sunday 12 September Stonehaven to Aberdeen 173km

 

 

About the 2021 Tour of Britain

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.

Follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or via the their official website at tourofbritain.co.uk.

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Chris Maher

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Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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