Johnson Health Tech GP Series starts tonight in Oxford
Johnson Health Tech GP Series, Woking 2011
The five-round Johnson's Health Tech GP Series gets underway in Oxford tonight, with defending champion Helen Wyman among the 90 riders signed up to compete throughout the event.
Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) narrowly pipped Lucy Garner (Node4-Giordana) and Hannah Barnes (Team Ibis Cycles) to take the inaugural crown last June, with another close fight anticipated this year.
Australian 2010 Team Pursuit World Champion Sarah King is among the international riders scheduled to compete this year, although at present she is only scheduled to start round two next Tuesday in Peterborough (May 29).
From there, the series heads to Colchester (June 7), Woking (June 12) and concludes in Stoke-on-Trent (June 14).
Sarah Byrne (l) and Wyman in Oldham
While Ed Clancy continues to race for Rapha-Condor-Sharp in the men's series, last year's winner in Stoke (and fellow GB team pursuiter) Dani King is not among those riders who have signed up to compete.
Footage from all five rounds will be shown during ITV4's hour-long Tour Series highlights package.