Welcome to Cycling Weekly’s coverage of the Tour Series 2012, which got underway in Kirkcaldy on May 15.

This page serves as a hub for all of our coverage of this year’s event, from reports and exclusive rider blogs, to the latest news to photo galleries.

Tour Series 2012: Race Introduction

That the Tour Series is primarily a team-based event is arguably its unique selling point. The squad who has the lowest culmulative score for their first three riders across the line wins each round, although individual glory is still on offer.

Consistency and teamwork is needed to take the overall victory, as Rapha-Condor-Sharp proved last year. They took the victory in the opening five rounds (out of a total of eight), which gave them a rather unassailable lead in the standings. Motorpoint took the title in 2010, and the inaugural title went to Halfords BikeHut, which means Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant have been part of every winning team to date.

Tour Series 2012: Schedule


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After being reduced to eight rounds last year, the series will be played out over an unprecedented twelve rounds in 2012.

Series opener Kirkcaldy hosts the first Scottish round of the event, while Oxford and Torquay are also newcomers to the schedule.

Aberystwyth will be the scene of the first ever Friday night round, while 2011 closer Canary Wharf will be held in the middle of the series having previously opened the event two years ago.

The Tour Series Grand Final in Stoke-on-Trent will comprise of a mid-afternoon team time trial before the criterium in the evening.

Round Date Host


Report Rider blog

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One Tuesday, May 15 Kirkcaldy >>>


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Thursday, May 17

Durham

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Three Tuesday, May 22

Oxford

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Four Thursday, May 24

Redditch

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Five

Friday, May 25

Aberystwyth

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Six

Tuesday, May 29

Peterborough

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Thursday, May 31 London Canary Wharf >>>


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Eight

Tuesday, June 5

Torquay >>>


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Nine

Thursday, June 7

Colchester

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Ten

Tuesday, June 12

Woking

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Eleven Thursday, June 14

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Twelve Thursday, June 14

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Tour Series 2012: Rider blogs

Cycling Weekly will have a rider blogging from every round of this
year’s Tour Series, offering insight, comment and humour from the
fast-paced proceedings.

Round one, Kirkcaldy: James McCallum (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)



Round two, Durham: Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing)



Round three, Oxford: Kit Gilham (Herbalife-LeisureLakesBikes)



Round four, Redditch: Chris Opie (UK Youth)



Round five, Aberystwyth: Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC)



Round six, Peterborough: George Tansley (CyclePremier-Kovert)



Round seven, Canary Wharf: Rhys Lloyd (Metaltek-Scott)

Round eight, Torquay: Matt Cronshaw (Node4-Giordana)

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Tour Series 2012: Johnson’s Health Tech GP Series

The four-round Women’s Tour Series will also be returning in 2012 after proving an excitement addition to the programme last year.

Helen Wyman took the victory in 2011, although she was given a tough ride by Motorpoint duo Lucy Garner and Hannah Barnes.

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Tuesday, May 29 Peterborough

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Tour Series 2012: TV Schedule

ITV4 will once again bring the Tour Series into your home after experiencing a surge in viewing figures in 2011. 

Their hour-long highlights programmes recorded an average reach of 244,000 last year, and will be presented by Ned Boulting.

ITV4 is available on Freeview (Channel 24), Freesat (Channel 117), Sky (Channel 120), Virgin Media (Channel 118) and online via www.itv.com/itv4.

The broadcaster’s on-demand service ITV Player service will also have the coverage available to watch online at a later date.

Round Host TV Schedule


One Kirkcaldy Wednesday, May 16 10pm

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Durham

Friday, May 18 8pm

Three Oxford

Wednesday, May 23 8pm

Four Redditch

Friday, May 25 8pm

Five

Aberystwyth Monday, May 28 8pm
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Peterborough Wednesday, May 30 8pm

Seven

London Canary Wharf Friday, June 1 8pm

Eight

Torquay

Wednesday, June 6 8pm

Nine

Colchester

Friday, June 8 8pm
Ten

Woking

Wednesday, June 13 8pm

Eleven Stoke-on-Trent TTT

Friday, June 15 10pm
Twelve Stoke-on-Trent Friday, June 15 10pm

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