The Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race is returning to Worcestershire in May, one of ten stages nationwide. Redditch will again host the event, bringing elite cycling to the heart of the town centre. Last year nine of the best British professional teams competed, including the Sir Bradley Wiggins' development team.
The event includes the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, which attracts the best of Britain's female cyclists. Last year the race was won by the double Olympic Gold medallist Laura Trott.
Defending champions Madison Genesis will lead the line-up of men’s professional teams battling to be crowned Champions, while the women’s Series is expected to have its strongest ever field of teams taking part with the list of leading British teams to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Worcestershire County Councillor Dr Ken Pollock, the Cabinet Member responsible for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure said: "We are delighted to see top class cycling returning to Worcestershire this year. Working with our partners we have been able to guarantee that the Pearl Izumi Tour Series event comes back to Redditch for another year in May. It is a big event for the town and for the county. In previous years thousands of spectators have turned out to cheer on Olympic champions racing against local hopefuls in a star studded field.
In the last twelve months we have staged top class cycling here in Worcestershire and we have hosted the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships. This is another example of Worcestershire as a top class destination for sporting events."
Redditch has hosted to the Pearl Izumi Tour Series for four consecutive years and is now one of the most anticipated venues on the circuit. Last year the event, which is televised by ITV, attracted more than 12,500 spectators. It is estimated that it brought in around £120,000 to the Worcestershire economy.
Mick Bennett, Race Director, Pearl Izumi Tour Series said: “We are delighted to be able to return to Redditch with the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, for what has rapidly become one of the cornerstone events of the Series, with a great circuit and a passionate crowd. We’re looking forward to being back in Worcestershire on Thursday 26 May and putting on another evening of exciting racing."
Confirmation of Redditch as a venue for the cycling series event follows the announcement earlier this week by Olympic runner and BBC commentator Steve Cram who confirmed that the Worcester City 10K run will be returning to Worcestershire this autumn.