National cycling event, The Tour Series visited Redditch yesterday for the eighth year running.
Pro riders, Jess Roberts of Team Breeze and Connor Swift of Madison Genesis took the solo rider winning spots of the main women’s and men’s races in tricky wet and cold conditions.
Racing started with the Inaugural Inter-Services races, which saw serving men and women from our Armed Forces racing around the 1.4km track.
The action-packed event was formally opened by Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Brandon Clayton who said: “It’s a pleasure to host the OVO Energy Tour Series yet again in Redditch. It was a great day, despite the wet conditions and we’re very proud to put Worcestershire on the map with big cycling events such as these.”
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying the race in Redditch town centre despite the conditions. The Tour Series has a huge economic benefit to the town and the wider county and we’re delighted it was, once again, such a success. I’d like to thank Stoford Developments and West Midlands Railway for sponsoring the races, and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre for their support.”
Richard Brookes from West Midlands Railway and Sponsor of the Women's Race said: “It was an exciting night of cycling and a great opportunity to show off Redditch – even in the rain! It was an honour for West Midlands Railway to welcome visiting Tour fans many of whom travelled on our Cross City train services which, from next year, will start to see the arrival of a brand new fleet of dedicated trains on the route as we invest £1 billion in improving local rail services.”
For full results from the men and women’s races visit www.tourseries.co.uk