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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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.

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.

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2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour Preview

Ahead of the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Monday (10 June) in Suffolk, four of the race’s previous five champions, Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos, Kasia Niewiadoma and Coryn Rivera, spoke at a pre-race media event in Ipswich, looking ahead to the six day race.

The quartet, along with 2015 winner Lisa Brennauer (WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling), feature in a 16-team, 96-rider start list for the sixth edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, which concludes in Carmarthenshire on Saturday 15 June.

[on parcours] “I think like always we’re going to have to be very prepared for the unpredictability of the stages. The only thing we can be sure of is that the first stage is flat and from there on in we have to be prepared for anything because I think those Welsh stages will be really difficult.

“I think our team is really focused on having the opportunity every night on TV to showcase Women’s cycling; we’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting, and normally that leads to victory.”

[on ambitions] “We’ll be aggressive and make the racing interesting and normally that leads to victories.”

[on her return to racing] “This race was my first idea of when I would return to racing so I’ve come back earlier than expected, and thank goodness because this would be a pretty brutal beginning. I’m going to take a rest after this race, so this is the last block of racing for me before I have a rest.”

[on Stage 2 at the Kent Cyclopark] “I think it’s going to be really painful! It’s been about 15 years since I’ve done a criterium, I might be in trouble. It’s going to be fast, technical and aggressive. There will be lots of accelerations and I think it’ll be a hard stage.”

[on winning the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2016] “I think winning overall for me was a huge deal. I’d never won a stage race before – I barely finish stage races normally, so to finish it and win it was very special. I think I probably had some of the strongest legs of my career at the Women’s Tour that year, and to race in front of a British crowd is always incredibly special for me.”

Lizzie Deignan

2016 winner, Trek Segafredo

[on parcours] “This race is always unpredictable so things can happen in every stage and when it’s flat it’s rolling and the weather can play a role as well, the first few can be decisive for the general already.”

[on form] “It’s exciting to be back racing, tomorrow I will feel the first race back again like Kasia [Niewiadoma] said.”

[on team and leadership] “It’s unpredictable and that’s also how we go into this race with an open strategy and see how it turns out and we’ll play that card and it’s better when you have more cards to play especially when it is this hard. Of course a stage victory is always great and we hope to do well in GC.”

Marianne Vos

2014 winner, CCC Liv

[on ambitions] “With my team, we are ready to do our best as everyone and of course it will be great to get some stage victories and GC at the end but it’s always easier said and done.”

[on parcours] “Somehow, I feel even tomorrow will be super difficult, even though it’s flat I know how I won this race was a stupid attack, so maybe tomorrow someone will do it as well.” 

[on solo win] “I do believe there are a lot of riders have the opportunity to win from just a solo attack.”

Kasia Niewiadoma

2017 winner, Canyon SRAM Racing

[on parcours] “Definitely the last two stages in Wales are pretty hard and then an interesting stage two with the circuit is different but will definitely be exciting, quite a bit harder than last year.”

[on form] “I’m confident in my form and also I my team, I think we’re here with a strong squad and we will do our best.”

Coryn Rivera

2018 winner, Team Sunweb

 

OVO Energy Womens Tour Pre Race Press Conference 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Sunday 9th June, all the teams and media assembled for a pre race press conference for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2019. All content ©Cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour offers prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.

Stage One takes place in Suffolk, getting underway from Beccles at 10:30 and featuring a 157.9-kilometre / 98-mile that finishing in Stowmarket, with an expected finish of around 15:00 in the town centre.

Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

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.

CyclingShorts.cc are official sponsors of The Racing Chance Foundation, Team22 WRTTeam Jadan and cyclists Amy Gornall & Fraser Martin.

WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling’s 2020 Plans

Press Release

from WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling

On the eve of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling are happy to announce they will apply for a UCI Women’s World Tour licence in 2020.

WNT ROTOR will put forward an application to be a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour. The new structure which will be introduced by the governing body will become a two-tier system from 2020 and as a team, we plan on being a part of the highest tier.

We are convinced the new system will make female cycling more professional and after having some positive meetings and discussions with UCI president David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier, the women’s cycling co-ordinator, it looks to be a well thought-out concept and we are hopeful of gaining Women’s World Tour Status.

There are obligations which need to be met, including pay with a newly implemented minimum salary to our riders, as well as other insurances.

The feeling at WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling is that the sport and especially women’s cycling is moving in the right direction and this is another big step forward. We would relish the opportunity to be racing and representing women’s cycling at the top of an ever-changing future.

I think the UCI, David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier have done a great job, to make an effective change to women’s cycling, we will be registering our interest with excitement to be a part of the 5 world tour teams in 2020.

Claude Sun

Team Manager & Managing Director, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling & Cutting Tools Europe

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Where to catch OVO Energy Tour of Britain in Scotland

On Sunday 3 September, the streets of Scotland will be abuzz as 20 of the world’s top professional cycling teams take to the roads for the opening stage of the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, from Edinburgh to Kelso.

Among the top names already confirmed for the race are Team Sky duo Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski, recently crowned European Champion Alexander Kristoff from Norway, World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin and multiple British Champion Alex Dowsett.

With just one week to go until the start of the 188-kilometre stage of Britain’s national Tour, we’ve compiled a list of the best vantage points to catch the world’s top riders in action in Scotland.

Stage One starts from outside St Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at 10:30, with spectators advised to arrive for 9:00 as teams begin to arrive and sign-on, with each of the 20 world-class teams being presented to the crowd on the podium.

In addition to promo stands from Tour partners OVO Energy, Oakley and Dare2b all of the team vehicles will be parked on High Street and Cockburn Street ahead of the Grand Depart.

With Stage One using the same loop of roads in the city as the HSBC UK City Ride afterwards, the Meadows will be another great location to watch and see the action twice, especially if you’re riding in the freeride event afterwards.

Spectators are in for an amazing opening stage to this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain as they are treated to world-class racing set against the backdrop of some of Scotland’s most iconic and spectacular locations and countryside.

EventScotland is proud to be a long-term partner of the Tour of Britain and help bring the race back to Scotland each year to showcase what’s on offer to an international audience of cycling enthusiast. With more than 2000 miles of the National Cycle Network covering the country, Scotland truly is the perfect stage for cycling events.

Paul Bush OBE

Director of Events, VisitScotland

A further spectacular location, sure to feature prominently in the live television coverage on ITV4 is Duddington Low Road through Holyrood Park, with the famous backdrop of Arthur’s Seat.

The East Lothian towns and villages of Musselburgh, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Longniddry, Haddington and Pencaitland all lie on the opening kilometres of the route, while Gifford hosts the first intermediate Eisberg Sprint of the 2017 race at around 11:50, sponsored by leading alcohol free wine brand Eisberg, where riders will battle for points towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

Shortly after riders tackle the first SKODA King of the Mountains climb of the race at Redstone Rigg in the Lammermuir Hills, with the race expected to reach the summit at around midday.

Fans in the Scottish Borders are spoilt for choice on where to watch, with the Tour racing through Duns (approximately 12:30) and Coldstream, where there will be another Eisberg Sprint (approximately 13:00) before passing through the centre of Kelso twice, at around 13:30 and again for the finish at approximately 15:20.

As well as a big screen showing the whole race live, Kelso will host the official promo zone with stands from Tour partners and a static bike challenge.

With the race taking in a 79-kilometre loop of the Scottish Borders, there is also the chance for fans to watch at one of the SKODA King of the Mountains climbs in the beautiful locations of Scott’s View (approximately 14:30) or above Melrose near the Eildon Hills (approximately 14:45). The latter comes just after the final Eisberg Sprint in Melrose High Street.

From the world famous city centre of Edinburgh, via the coast and moors of East Lothian to the beautiful views and towns of the Scottish Borders, Stage One has a bit of everything.

“With our partners we have planned a very spectator friendly route and look forward to cycling fans from across Scotland and the North of England turning out to cheer on and support the amazing field of riders we will have.

Mick Bennett

Race Director, OVO Energy Tour of Britain

For full details of Stage One, including timings, an interactive stage map and a downloadable stage map and profile please click here.

The HSBC UK City Ride takes place in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 September between 11:00 and 15:00 on a traffic free, 4.5-kilometre circuit at the heart of Edinburgh, based around the Meadows.  For more information and to register for your free place, please click here.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step, taking place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

Stage One Sunday 3 September Edinburgh to Kelso 190km
Stage Two Monday 4 September Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth 211km
Stage Three Tuesday 5 September Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe 178km
Stage Four Wednesday 6 September Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent 165km
Stage Five Thursday 7 September The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial 16km
Stage Six Friday 8 September Newmarket to Aldeburgh 187km
Stage Seven Saturday 9 September Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham 185km
Stage Eight Sunday 10 September Worcester to Cardiff 180km

Aberdeen Tour Series circuit revealed for Round 8

PRESS RELEASE

The challenging circuit for Britain’s fastest elite cycling race taking to the streets of Aberdeen has today been revealed.

Thursday 25 May will see the centre of Aberdeen transformed to welcome The Tour Series for the first time, turning the city centre into a race circuit for the likes of defending champions JLT Condor, 2014 victors Madison Genesis and the returning ONE Pro Cycling.

The 1.2-kilometre circuit around the compact city centre will provide a stunning backdrop to a fast and furious night of criterium racing, with the beautiful architecture and vocal Scottish crowds setting the perfect scene as the race is broadcast around the world.

Aberdeen is hosting Round Eight of the nationwide Series.

This event will ignite the city’s heart as the cyclists are put to the test racing past some of Aberdeen’s historic landmarks, such as Aberdeen Art Gallery, His Majesty’s Theatre with the start and finish on the city’s iconic Union Street.

We are also encouraging the public to take part in a fun filled day of activities that will see the city centre brought to life by this unique cycling spectacle.

Aberdeen’s position as a must-visit destination for high-profile cultural and sporting events is strengthened as the Tour Series kicks off our ambitious summer events programme. This leading cycling race is part of our wider Aberdeen 365 Events Strategy, a City Centre Masterplan initiative, which will see new events such as The Tour Series and Great Aberdeen Run brought to the city over the coming years.

George Adam

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen

In total ten teams will take to the Aberdeen circuit, including a Scottish national team, and race it out in the hour long race starting at 19:30.  Earlier in the day an exciting programme of races will take place on a revised version of  the circuit, with events between 13:00 and 18:00 using a  route, that takes  in Belmont Street and Little Belmont Street that will provide a stunning backdrop to the competitive races across the day.

It is great to be welcoming The Tour Series back to Scotland this year and to Aberdeen for the first time. EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the event that will showcase the area and all it has to offer to a TV audience of cycling enthusiasts.

“The decision by The Tour Series to once again bring two races to Scotland shows why we are the perfect stage for cycling events.

Paul Bush OBE

VisitScotland's Director of Events

We are looking forward to bringing The Tour Series to Aberdeen this May.  The circuit will showcase the heart of Aberdeen combining a very fast, flowing opening half of the lap with a more technical finale, including the slow last corner and a deceptive drag to the finish line on Union Street.

Mick Bennett

Tour Series Race Director

Aberdeen is one of two Scottish venues hosting rounds of The Tour Series in 2017, with Motherwell hosting Round Seven on Tuesday 23 May.  It will be the third time that the Series has visited the North Lanarkshire venue.

The Tour Series will get underway at Redditch in Worcestershire on Tuesday 9 May, finishing three weeks later in Stevenage on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 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 Aberdeen round will be on ITV4 at 22:00 on Friday 26 May with a repeat the following daytime.

 

Round One    Tuesday 9 May    Redditch
Round Two    Thursday 11 May    Stoke-on-Trent
Round Three    Friday 12 May    Northwich
Round Four    Tuesday 16 May    Wembley Park presented by Jurys Inn
Round Five    Thursday 18 May    Croydon
Round Six    Saturday 20 May    Bath
Round Seven    Tuesday 23 May    Motherwell
Round Eight    Thursday 25 May    Aberdeen
Round Nine    Saturday 27 May    Durham
Round Ten    Monday 29 May    Stevenage

About The Tour Series

2017 will be the ninth season of The Tour Series, a unique team based, televised city centre cycling series organised by SweetSpot Group Ltd, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the Tour of Britain and The Women’s Tour.  The Tour Series brings together the very best in British professional teams and male and female riders, competing on town and city-centre circuits in front of packed crowds as a part of a full day of cycling activities.

You can follow The Tour Series on Twitter @TourSeries #tourseries or Facebook or via the official website at www.tourseries.co.uk