THE Tour Series has unveiled the venues for its eight rounds.

Late withdrawals from Chester and Kettering means that the competition has been downsized.

Event spokesman Peter Hodges indicated a willingness to return to ten rounds in 2012.

This year’s competition kicks off in Durham, in what is likely to be the toughest round of the series. 


The constant undulations, corners and cobbles split the bunch to pieces last year, as Malcolm Elliott took victory.


There are debut visits to Aberystwyth – the first Welsh town to feature in the Tour Series – and Oldham, which doubles up as the Greater Manchester round. Both are understood to be flat and untechnical circuits.

In a radical switch around, last year’s curtain-raiser Canary Wharf has become the event finale.

Meanwhile, women’s Tour Series rounds will be held at Peterborough, Stoke, Oldham and Woking.

Motorpoint won last year’s Tour Series, and with the reduced number of rounds this year, the country’s premier circuit race series promises to be closer than ever.

Tour Series 2011: dates and venues

First round: Durham, Tuesday May 24


Second round: Aberystwyth, Thursday May 26

Third round: Peterborough, Tuesday May 31*


Fourth round: Colchester, Thursday June 2


Fifth round: Stoke-on-Trent, Tuesday June 7*


Sixth round: Oldham, Thursday June 9*

Seventh round: Woking, Tuesday June 14*


Eighth round: Canary Wharf, Thursday June 16

*includes a women’s Tour Series round

Tour Series 2011: teams

Tour Series team announced >>

CyclePremier.com – Metaltek


Endura Racing



Motorpoint


Pendragon – Le Col – Colnago



Rapha-Condor-Sharp



Sigma Sport-Specialized



Team Raleigh



Team UK Youth


Twenty3c-Orbea

Wilier-GoSelfDrive.com



NB: Felt-Colbournes, Corley Cycles and Team Herbalife Wheelbase will all take part in two rounds (TBC) as guest teams.

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  • Julie Dransfield

    Hi have you an expected time for start race in Oldham

    Regards

  • Ken Workman

    It’s amazing how Race Director Graham Jones has come on. He speaks on the TV reports of the Tour like a seasoned broadcaster. We were members of the Abbotsford Park RC in the seventies when he was just making a name for himself in the professional game. You could hardly get a word out of him.

  • On the team

    You’ll find out the answer to your TOB question this week Mike

  • lyn1

    Its probably more about Govt, cuts and funding than a deliberate attempt to ignore the SW.
    http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Farewell-scheme-city-fitter-pleasant/article-3377876-detail/article.html

  • Steve Cross

    Spot on Mike. Yet another case of ‘if it ain’t broke – fix it’. Can we have an explanation from the organisers as to why the Southwest has been omitted? Considering how well supported Exeters’ events have been in the past the organisers have done themselves no favours if the situation is of their own making. Lets hope the ToB don’t have the same idea.

  • Mike Solomon

    What has happened to a round in the South West. The Exeter round was always the best supported. Now the south West is completely left out. Very poor show.

  • arronski

    Hope they show this again on ITV great racing, less talking and more racing this time please ITV!
    Team UK Youth should be interesting with Big Maggy and Nigel Mansell’s sons.